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Price-Distorting Compensation Serving the Consumer and Taxpayer Interest

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  • Foster, William E
  • Rausser, Gordon C

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In this paper we address a bothersome question for public choice analysis: Why do consumers and taxpayers acquiesce to seemingly inefficient wealth transfers to a relatively small number of producers? The most common and briefest answer given by political economists is that any individual consumer/taxpayer suffers too little in the rent-seeking game to bear the cost of opposing the aggressive political influence of producers who enjoy the concentrated benefits. In this paper we examine an alternative answer lying in the potential benefits that accrue to consumers and taxpayers from price distorting wealth transfers to heterogeneous producers.
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  • Foster, William E & Rausser, Gordon C, 1993. "Price-Distorting Compensation Serving the Consumer and Taxpayer Interest," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 77(2), pages 275-291, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:77:y:1993:i:2:p:275-91
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    1. de Gorter, Harry, 2008. "Explaining Inefficient Policy Instruments," Agricultural Distortions Working Paper 48638, World Bank.
    2. de Gorter, Harry & Rausser, Gordon C., 2013. "US Policy Contributions to Agricultural Commodity Price Fluctuations, 2006-12," WIDER Working Paper Series 033, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Johan F.M.Swinnen & Alessandro Olper & Thijs Vandemoortele, 2011. "The Political Economy of Policy Instrument Choice: Theory and Evidence from Agricultural Policies," LICOS Discussion Papers 27911, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.
    4. Swinnen, Johan F.M. & Gorter, Harry de & Rausser, Gordon C. & Banerjee, Anurag N., 2000. "The political economy of public research investment and commodity policies in agriculture: an empirical study," Agricultural Economics of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 22(2), March.
    5. Fertő, Imre, 1998. "Az agrárpolitika politikai gazdaságtana III. Vegyes motívumok az agrárpolitikában: termelő és ragadozó politikák
      [The political economy of agrarian policy. Part III. Mixed motives in agrarian polic
      ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(5), pages 424-436.
    6. Virender Gautam & Sudhir Chaudhary & Darnell B. Smith, 1997. "Consumer and Producer Influences in Agricultural Policy Formulation: Some Empirical Evidence," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 97-wp175, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
    7. de Gorter, Harry & Swinnen, Johan F.M., 1996. "The Impact Of Economic Development On Redistributive And Public Research Policies In Agriculture," Working Papers 127931, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    8. Virender Gautam & Sudhir Chaudhary & Darnell B. Smith, 1997. "Consumer and Producer Influences in Agricultural Policy Formulation: Some Empirical Evidence," Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Publications 97-wp175, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.

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