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Economic Perceptions And Agricultural Policy Preferences

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  • Variyam, Jayachandran N.
  • Jordan, Jeffrey L.

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Previous research indicates that policy perceptions are important in explaining individual preferences for government expenditures. In this article we study agricultural policy preferences using national survey data containing several policy perception measurements. A model linking preferences to perceptions through an underlying unobservable variable is estimated and assessed using the bootstrap. The perception that farmers receive too much government assistance is dominant, affecting preferences negatively. Perceptions concerning the importance of agriculture to the economy, financial stress and profitability, and farming as an occupation are also important. Some selective preference for family farm support is indicated with implications for efforts to promote such support.

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  • Variyam, Jayachandran N. & Jordan, Jeffrey L., 1991. "Economic Perceptions And Agricultural Policy Preferences," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 16(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32590
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    1. Carreira, Rita I. & Mane, R. & Danforth, Diana M. & Wailes, Eric J., 2008. "Attitudes of College Students towards Agriculture, Food and the Role of Government," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6806, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Cattaneo, Andrea & Claassen, Roger & Johansson, Robert C. & Weinberg, Marca, 2005. "Flexible Conservation Measures on Working Land: What Challenges Lie Ahead?," Economic Research Report 7248, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Lusk, Jayson L., 2012. "The political ideology of food," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 530-542.
    4. Ellison Brenna & Lusk Jayson L & Briggeman Brian, 2010. "Other-Regarding Behavior and Taxpayer Preferences for Farm Policy," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-29, October.

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    Agricultural and Food Policy;

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