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The Goals of U.S. Agricultural Policy: A Mechanism Design Approach

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    This article examines motivations underlying the government's choice of alternative policy mechanisms for subsidizing agriculture. Optimal policies are analyzed for three government objectives: one where the government wishes to ensure a minimum level of net income for all farmers, a second where the government's only concern is to transfer income from consumers and taxpayers to the farm sector, and a final “augmented” income-transfer objective. The analysis offers an explanation for agricultural policy mechanisms that involve overproduction by high-cost producers, relative to a free-market equilibrium. Such a distortion might arise from the existence of nonmarket values for the production of relatively high-cost farmers in the government's objective. Copyright 2000, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 82 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 14-24

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:82:y:2000:i:1:p:14-24

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    1. Bullock, David S. & Salhofer, Klaus, 2003. "Judging agricultural policies: a survey," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 28(3), pages 225-243, May.
    2. Gohin, Alexandre & Guyomard, Herve & Le Mouel, Chantal, 2001. "Promoting Multifunctionality While Minimizing Trade Distortion Effects: The Relative Merits Of Traditional Policy Instruments," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20468, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Crepin, Anne-Sophie, 2005. "Incentives for wetland creation," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 50(3), pages 598-616, November.
    4. Bulut, Harun & Collins, Keith J., 2013. "Political Economy of Crop Insurance Risk Subsidies under Imperfect Information," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150577, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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