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Agricultural (Dis)Incentives and Food Security: is there a link?

Emiliano Magrini, Silvia Nenci (), Pierluigi Montalbano () and Luca Salvatici

No 200, Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' from Department of Economics - University Roma Tre

Abstract: This paper analyzes the impact of agricultural (dis)incentives on food security for a wide sample of countries over the period 1990-2010 using the World Bank database on distortions to agricultural incentives. We adopt a continuous treatment approach applying a generalized propensity score matching to reduce potential biases stemming from difference in observed country characteristics. The results provide strong evidence of self-selection and heterogeneous food security impacts at different levels of policy intensity. Estimates of the dose-response functions show that both discrimination against agriculture and large support lead to poor performances in several dimensions of FS.

Keywords: Food security; agricultural incentives; impact evaluation; GPS; cross-country analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 F14 F60 O50 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-10
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