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Promotion of the Agricultural Sector and Political Power in Austria

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  • Salhofer, Klaus
  • Hofreither, Markus F
  • Sinabell, Franz

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In most industrialized countries farmers as a small and well-organized group are able to influence government decisions to get rent-creating proposals enacted. Two different views are presented to explain why: the Chicagoan view ("Efficient Redistribution Hypothesis") and the Virginian view (inefficient outcome of political bargaining). A vertically structured empirical model of the Austrian farm sector is employed to test both hypotheses. Quantitative results of the welfare transfers from consumers/taxpayers to farmers and agribusiness firms are derived and the political weights of these groups are presented. Copyright 2000 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Salhofer, Klaus & Hofreither, Markus F & Sinabell, Franz, 2000. "Promotion of the Agricultural Sector and Political Power in Austria," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 102(3-4), pages 229-246, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:102:y:2000:i:3-4:p:229-46
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    1. Tajika, Tomoya, 2015. "Japanese government and utilitarian behavior," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 90-107.
    2. Salhofer, Klaus & Schmid, Erwin & Streicher, Gerhard & Schneider, Friedrich, 2003. "Testing For Efficiency: A Policy Analysis With Probability Distributions," 2003 Annual Meeting, August 16-22, 2003, Durban, South Africa 25891, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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