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Promotion of the Agricultural Sector and Political Power in Austria


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


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. 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.
    2. Stark, Oded & FaƂkowski, Jan, 2018. "On structural change, the social stress of a farming population, and the political economy of farm support," Discussion Papers 273148, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
    3. Tajika, Tomoya, 2015. "Japanese government and utilitarian behavior," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 90-107.
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