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The agricultural invasion and the political economy of agricultural trade policy in Belgium, 1875-1900

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  • VAN DIJCK, Maarten

    () (Flemish Heritage Agency, B-1210 Brussels; Faculty of Business Ecoomics, University of Hasselt)

  • TRUYTS, Tom

    () (CEREC, Saint Louis University; Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)

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After 1875, cheap grain from the United States and Russia flooded the European markets. Many countries like Germany, France, and Sweden turned to agricultural trade protection, while others, like the UK and Denmark, held on to a free trade position. Belgium adopted a middle position, leaving its grain markets open but protecting animal husbandry, dairy production, and the processing of foodstuffs. The econometric analysis of the votes of Belgian Members of Parliament on four proposals to install protectionist measures on agricultural trade seeks to identify which economic or political interests explain the Belgian policy option.

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  • VAN DIJCK, Maarten & TRUYTS, Tom, 2014. "The agricultural invasion and the political economy of agricultural trade policy in Belgium, 1875-1900," CORE Discussion Papers 2014002, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2014002
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