Global Distortions to Agricultural Markets: New Indicators of Trade and Welfare Impacts, 1960 to 2007
Kym Anderson ()
No 2010-03, Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers from University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies
Despite recent reforms, world agricultural markets remain highly distorted by government policies. Traditional indicators of those price distortions such as producer and consumer support estimates (PSEs and CSEs) can be poor guides to the policiesÂ’ economic effects. Recent theoretical literature provides scalar index numbers of trade- and welfare-reducing effects of price and trade policies which this paper builds on to develop more-satisfactory indexes that can be generated using no more than the data used to generate PSEs and CSEs. We then exploit a new Agricultural Distortion database to provide time series estimates of index numbers for 75 developing and high-income countries over the past half century.
Keywords: Agricultural policies; distorted commodity markets; trade restrictiveness index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F14 Q17 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
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