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Measuring Agricultural Policy Bias: General Equilibrium Analysis of Fifteen Developing Countries

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  • Henning Tarp Jensen
  • Sherman Robinson
  • Finn Tarp

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Measurement is a key issue in the literature on price incentive bias induced by trade policy. We introduce a general equilibrium measure of the relative effective rate of protection, which generalizes earlier protection measures. For our fifteen sample countries, results indicate that the agricultural price incentive bias generally perceived to exist during the 1980s was largely eliminated during the 1990s. Results also demonstrate that general equilibrium effects and country-specific characteristics are crucial for determining the sign and magnitude of agricultural bias. Our comprehensive protection measure is therefore uniquely suited to capture the full impact of trade policies on relative agricultural price incentives. Copyright 2010, 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): 92 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 1136-1148

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:92:y:2010:i:4:p:1136-1148

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  1. Devarajan, Shantayanan & Robinson, Sherman, 2013. "Contribution of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling to Policy Formulation in Developing Countries," Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier.
  2. Kym Anderson, 2013. "Agricultural Price Distortions: Trends and Volatility, Past and Prospective," Departmental Working Papers 2013-01, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
  3. Cardoso, Debora Freire & Teixeira, Erly Cardoso & Gurgel, Angelo Costa & Castro, Eduardo Rodrigues de, 2011. "Effects of the rural credit subsidy on economic growth and welfare of Brazilian regions," Working Papers in Applied Economics 114464, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Departamento de Economia Rural.
  4. Douillet, Mathilde, 2012. "Trade policy reforms in the new agricultural context: Is regional integration a priority for Sub-Saharan African countries agricultural-led industrialization? Insights from a global computable general," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126546, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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