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Distortions to world trade: impacts on agricultural markets and farm incomes. Abstract: This paper provides estimates of the impact that removing all merchandise trade distortions (including agricultural subsidies) would have on food and agricultural production, trade and incomes. Using the latest versions of the GTAP database and the World Bank’s LINKAGE model of the global economy (projected to 2015), our results suggest farm employment, the real value of agricultural output and exports, the real returns to farm land and unskilled labor, and real net farm incomes would all rise substantially in developing country regions with a move to free merchandise trade, thereby alleviating rural poverty – despite the decline in international terms of trade for developing countries that are net food importers or are enjoying preferential access to agricultural markets of high-income countries

Kym Anderson (), Will Martin () and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe ()
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No 2005-19, Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers from University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies

Keywords: Trade policy reform; computable general equilibrium modeling; agricultural markets; economic welfare. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C68 D58 F17 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-08
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