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Modeling the Welfare Implications of Agricultural Policies in Developing Countries

Erik Jonasson (), Mateusz Filipski (), Jonathan Brooks () and J. Edward Taylor
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No 2012:11, Working Papers from Lund University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper presents a new model which incorporates features of developing country agriculture that may be critical in shaping the welfare outcomes of alternative agricultural policies. The model features heterogeneous households linked through markets in a rural economy-wide structure, with endogenous market participation for farmers facing transactions costs. The model is used for policy simulations, including market price support, production subsidies, input subsidies, transaction cost removal, and unconditional cash transfers. Applications for six countries highlight the diversity of potential impacts of such policies. The simulation results suggest that there are circumstances under which some market interventions, such as input subsidies, may be only slightly less efficient at transferring incomes than direct payments.

Keywords: agricultural household model; agricultural policy; simulation; transaction costs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 O13 Q12 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2012-05-15
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-cmp and nep-dev
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Published as Jonasson, Erik, Mateusz Filipski, Jonathan Brooks and J. Edward Taylor, 'Modeling the Welfare Implications of Agricultural Policies in Developing Countries' in Journal of Policy Modeling, 2014, pages 63-82.

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