Economic statistics and U.S. agricultural policy
AbstractEconomic statistics can be used to inform policy as it is being designed, avoid policy design mistakes, or implement government programs once they are established into law. Oftentimes, statistics are used for all three purposes. This article considers the relationships between statistics and agricultural policy in the case of the United States. We address first the broad historical picture of U.S. official economic statistics concerning agriculture, and then turn to selected examples that relate policies to economic statistics in more detail. The examples show diversity in the interplay between statistics and policy. Over time, policymakers have asked for more detailed information about the financial situation of individual farm businesses and households, sources of risk in farm returns, and production practices that affect the environment. Copyright 2007 International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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Volume (Year): 37 (2007)
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- Gardner, Bruce L. & Goodwin, Barry K. & Ahearn, Mary Clare, 2006. "Economic Statistics and U.S. Agricultural Policy," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25498, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
- Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
- C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs
- N52 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
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