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Agricultural (Dis)Incentives and Food Security: Is There a Link?

Emiliano Magrini (), Pierluigi Montalbano (), Silvia Nenci () and Luca Salvatici ()

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2017, vol. 99, issue 4, 847-871

Abstract: Using the World Bank database “Distortions to agricultural incentives,” this paper analyzes the impact that agricultural (dis)incentives have on food security for a wide sample of countries over the 1990–2010 period. We adopt a continuous treatment approach applying generalized propensity score matching to reduce potential biases stemming from differences in observed country characteristics. The results provide strong evidence of self-selection and heterogeneous food security impacts at different levels of policy intensity. Estimates of the dose-response functions show that both discrimination against agriculture and large support for it lead to poor performance in the availability, access, and utilization dimensions of food security.

Keywords: Agricultural (dis)incentives; cross-country analysis; food security; generalized propensity score; impact evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 F14 F60 O50 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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