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The Changing Political Environment For Tobacco -- Implications For Southern Tobacco Farmers, Rural Economies, Taxpayers, And Consumers


  • Brown, A. Blake
  • Snell, William M.
  • Tiller, Kelly


The farm level economic implications of the political turmoil surrounding tobacco are examined. Tobacco ranks first in crop receipts in the Southeastern United States. Free market advocates typically want to eliminate the tobacco program because of its cartel-like nature. Health advocates want to maintain the program because it limits tobacco production. Cigarette manufacturers tolerate the program because of the political support they receive from program stakeholders. The effects of cigarette price increases with and without a program are examined. Whether or not the program is maintained in the face of declining tobacco demand has significant implications for Southern agriculture.

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  • Brown, A. Blake & Snell, William M. & Tiller, Kelly, 1999. "The Changing Political Environment For Tobacco -- Implications For Southern Tobacco Farmers, Rural Economies, Taxpayers, And Consumers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 31(02), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:15387

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    1. Kelly J. Tiller & Shiferaw T. Feleke & Jane H. Starnes, 2010. "A discrete-time hazard analysis of the exit of burley tobacco growers in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 41(5), pages 397-408, September.


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