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Between Scylla and Charibdys: Agricultural Economists' Navigation around Protectionism and Free Trade

Michele De Benedictis, Fabrizio De Filippis () and Luca Salvatici ()

European Review of Agricultural Economics, 1991, vol. 18, issue 3-4, 311-37

Abstract: In connection with the tight interdependence between domestic agricultural policies and behavior of world market and the present round of GATT negotiations, agricultural economists are increasingly being asked to produce significant pieces of research. This paper analyzes the supply responses of our profession from three different angles. First, recent research efforts by agricultural economists are surveyed with regard to the following areas: (1) effects of liberalization; (2) analyzes of the roots and structure of agricultural protectionism; (3) the aggregate measure of support; (4) reinstrumentation. Second, starting from the analytical dichotomy between free-traders and pragmatists, recent developments in the international economics literature are surveyed, giving specific attention to the "new" international economics and to the domestic and systemic dimensions of the political economy approach. Finally, on the basis of these surveys, a triad of doctrinal positions--hard free-traders; soft pragmatists; committed pragmatists--are specified and research issues of high future priority identified. Copyright 1991 by Oxford University Press.

Date: 1991
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