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Rice Price Stabilization in Madagascar: Price and Welfare Implications of Variable Tariffs

Paul Dorosh () and Bart Minten ()

No 25478, 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia from International Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: Given the large share of major staples in the budgets of the poor, governments in many developing countries intervene in food markets to limit variation in the prices of staple foods. This paper examines the recent experience of Madagascar in stabilizing prices through international trade and the implications of adjustments in tariff rates. Using a partial equilibrium model, we quantify the overall costs and benefits of a change in import duties for various household groups, and compare this intervention to a policy of targeted food transfers or security stocks.

Keywords: Crop Production/Industries; International Relations/Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17
Date: 2006
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.25478

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