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The Evolution of Grain Policy Beyond Europe: Ottoman Grain Administration in the Late Eighteenth Century

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  • Seven Agir

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    During the second half of the eighteenth century, the Ottoman policy-makers adopted a more liberal attitude towards price formation in the Ottoman grain markets. This was accompanied by the fiscal and administrative centralization of the grain trade. These seemingly contradictory policy changes could, in part, be explained in the context of conjectural changes in grain demand and supply, which rendered pre-emptive privileges and price controls less effective. The policy change, however, was not only a practical response to the strains on the pre-existing supply network but also reflected a new concern with the state of agricultural production along with the emergence of emulation as a development strategy.

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    Paper provided by Economic Growth Center, Yale University in its series Working Papers with number 999.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:egc:wpaper:999

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    Keywords: Ottoman economic institutions; grain markets; liberalization;

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