Microeconomic Reform in the Australian Sugar Industry?
AbstractThe Industry Commission proposals for removal of the sugar tariff and of the statutory acquisition powers of the Queensland Sugar Corporation (QSC) are examined using a linear model. Measures of change in surplus resulting from the proposed policy changes are supported by an analysis of their sensitivity to different values of the elasticities. It is concluded that tariff reform is unlikely to be justified on welfare grounds when adjustment costs are considered and that the net gains from the proposed removal of the QSC statutory powers are likely to be small. A more general point is made that the focus of the broader microeconomic reform debate on transfer effects rather than efficiency effects and emphasis on general principles rather than empirical issues could lead to policy errors.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).
Volume (Year): 27 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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