Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/74874
Authors: 
Anderson, Kym
Rausser, Gordon
Swinnen, Johan
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
LICOS Discussion Paper 323
Abstract: 
The agricultural and food sector is an ideal case for investigating the political economy of public policies. Many of the policy developments in this sector since the 1950s have been sudden and transfirmational, while others have been gradual but persistent. This article reviews and synthesizes the literature on trends and fluctuations in market distortions and the political-economy explanations that have been advanced. Based on a rich global data set covering a half-century of evidence on commodities, countries, and policy instruments, we identify hypotheses that have been explored in the literature on the extent of market distortions and the conditions under which refirm may be feasible.
JEL: 
D72
D78
F13
F14
N50
Q17
Q18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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