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Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in the World Rice Market


  • Gail L. Cramer
  • Eric J. Wailes
  • Shangnan Shui


A multi-product quadratic programming model is used to investigate impacts of trade liberalization on the world rice market, recognizing product differentiation and allowing substitution among various rice types and qualities. Model simulations predict a large increase in both trade volumes and prices for all rice types and a significant welfare gain for most rice exporters and importers. Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, and Brazil would be the major importers. Trade liberalization would increase total U.S. export revenue by 109%. Movement to free trade by Japan has significant effects on world rice trade and on Japanese rice production.

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  • Gail L. Cramer & Eric J. Wailes & Shangnan Shui, 1993. "Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in the World Rice Market," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 75(1), pages 219-226.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:75:y:1993:i:1:p:219-226.

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    1. Stephen Devadoss & William Ridley, 2014. "Effects of the Mexican Apple Tariff on the World Apple Market," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(4), pages 763-777, November.
    2. Rakotoarisoa, Manitra A., 2006. "Policy distortions in the segmented rice market:," MTID discussion papers 94, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    3. Hoang, Hoa K. & Meyers, William H., 2015. "Price stabilization and impacts of trade liberalization in the Southeast Asian rice market," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 26-39.

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