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A comparative analysis of the redistributive effects of agricultural policy in Tuscany and Scotland

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  • Paul Allanson

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    (Economic Studies, School of Social Sciences,University of Dundee,Dundee DD1 4HN,United Kingdom)

  • Benedetto Rocchi

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Florence, Italy)

Abstract

The article provides an empirical study of the redistributive effects of agricultural policy in Tuscany which finds that the provision of support increased absolute income inequality within the agricultural community because the distribution of transfers was both vertically and horizontally inequitable. These conclusions are shown to hold whether or not non-farm incomes are taken into account and for a range of alternative definitions of the agricultural community. The results for Scotland are broadly comparable except that the distribution of transfers was progressive not regressive, reflecting differences between the two regions in the degree of dependency of agriculture on support.

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Article provided by INRA Department of Economics in its journal Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies.

Volume (Year): 86 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 35-56

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Handle: RePEc:rae:jourae:v:86:y:2008:i:1:p:35-56

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Keywords: Income redistribution; agricultural policy; Tuscany; Scotland;

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