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Title:Political competition and support for agriculture PDF Logo
Authors:Fałkowski, Jan
Olper, Alessandro
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IAMO Forum 2010, Halle (Saale), June 16 – 18, 2010: Institutions in Transition - Challenges for New Modes of Governance
Abstract:This paper investigates whether political competition plays an important role in determining the level of agricultural protection. In order to do so, we exploit variation in political and economic data from 74 developing and developed countries for the post-war period. Our results robustly show that the level of agricultural distortions is the higher, the higher is the level of political competition. We show that political competition may importantly complement other institutional aspects in determining policy choices. We investigate the heterogeneous effects of political competition across different electoral rules (majoritarian vs. proportional), forms of government (coalition vs. single-party) and level of incomes.
Subjects:Political competition
constitutional rules
agricultural distortions
JEL:D72
D78
F13
O13
P16
Document Type:Conference Paper
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