How Do Governments Respond to Food Price Spikes? Lessons from the Past
Kym Anderson () and
Signe Nelgen ()
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Signe Nelgen: School of Economics, University of Adelaide
No 2010-15, Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers from University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies
Food prices in international markets spiked upwards in 2008, doubling or more in a matter of months. Evidence is still being compiled on policy responses over the following two years, but new time series estimates of government intervention for the previous five decades allow insights into past policy responses to price fluctuations and spikes. This paper reviews the distortionary impacts of policies used by governments attempting to stabilize their domestic food markets. It then focuses on policy responses in the mid-1970s, as reflected in various annual indicators of distortions to producer and consumer incentives, before drawing out some policy lessons.
Keywords: Commodity price stabilization policies; Domestic market insulation; Distorted incentives; Agricultural and trade policies; Trade restrictiveness indexes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 Q17 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
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Journal Article: HOW DO GOVERNMENTS RESPOND TO FOOD PRICE SPIKES? LESSONS FROM THE PAST (2010)
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