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Environmental policies for a multifunctional agricultural sector in open economies

Jeffrey Peterson (), Richard N. Boisvert and Harry de Gorter ()

European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2002, vol. 29, issue 4, 423-443

Abstract: This paper derives the efficient set of policies for a multifunctional agriculture and relates them to trade. In general, efficiency cannot be achieved through simple output subsidies, but the efficient policies to move closer to socially optimal levels of multifunctional, non-commodity outputs may also change commodity output levels. Accounting for international price effects, large importing and exporting nations have incentives to favour subsidies for non-commodity outputs and to oppose them, respectively, regardless of the true value of these agriculturally related public goods. The policy incentives are illustrated through a stylised simulation of US agriculture. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

Date: 2002
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