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How Do Governments Respond to Food Price Spikes? Lessons from the Past

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  • Kym Anderson

    () (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Signe Nelgen

    () (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

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Food prices in international markets spiked upwards in 2008, doubling or more in a matter of months. Evidence is still being compiled on policy responses over the following two years, but new time series estimates of government intervention for the previous five decades allow insights into past policy responses to price fluctuations and spikes. This paper reviews the distortionary impacts of policies used by governments attempting to stabilize their domestic food markets. It then focuses on policy responses in the mid-1970s, as reflected in various annual indicators of distortions to producer and consumer incentives, before drawing out some policy lessons.

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  • Kym Anderson & Signe Nelgen, 2010. "How Do Governments Respond to Food Price Spikes? Lessons from the Past," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2010-15, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:cieswp:2010-15
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    1. Tyers,Rod & Anderson,Kym, 2011. "Disarray in World Food Markets," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521172318.
    2. Kym Anderson & Signe Nelgen, 2010. "How Do Governments Respond To Food Price Spikes? Lessons From The Past," Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy (JICEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 1(02), pages 265-285.
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    1. Sisira Jayasuriya & Purushottam Mudbhary & Sumiter Broca, 2013. "Food Security in Asia: Recent Experiences, Issues and Challenges," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 32(3), pages 275-288, September.
    2. Kym Anderson & Signe Nelgen, 2010. "How Do Governments Respond To Food Price Spikes? Lessons From The Past," Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy (JICEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 1(02), pages 265-285.
    3. Bourgeon, Jean-Marc & Jean, Sebastien & Maillet, Anais, 2015. "State Trading Enterprises and Price Stabilization," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211367, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Colin A. Carter & Gordon C. Rausser & Aaron Smith, 2011. "Commodity Booms and Busts," Annual Review of Resource Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 3(1), pages 87-118, October.

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    Keywords

    Commodity price stabilization policies; Domestic market insulation; Distorted incentives; Agricultural and trade policies; Trade restrictiveness indexes;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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