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Polish Agriculture in Transition: Does it Hurt to be Slapped by an Invisible Hand?

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  • Karp, Larry
  • STEFANOU, SPIRO

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Polish economic data is assembled in order to assess the impact on the agricultural sector of the recent reforms. Evidence of recovery in this sector is slight, but the decline seems to have halted. Policy issues for agricultural reform are discussed, emphasizing regulation of the monopolistic input and processing sectors. The evidence for the existence and nature of these monopolies is reviewed. The goals of the chief regulatory body in Poland, the Antimonopoly Office, are summarized. A selection of recent models in industrial organization, dealing with entry, horizontal mergers, and vertical control, are used to provide a basis for assessing the direction of Polish regulatory policy.

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  • Karp, Larry & STEFANOU, SPIRO, 1991. "Polish Agriculture in Transition: Does it Hurt to be Slapped by an Invisible Hand?," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt1vt3c57h, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
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    1. Dicke, Hugo & Misala, Józef, 1993. "Polish agriculture and food processing industry: Facts and prospects," Kiel Working Papers 554, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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    Keywords

    Polish agriculture; imperfect competition; government;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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