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Impact of EU agricultural policy on developing countries: A Uganda case study

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  • Ole Boysen

    (Agricultural and Food Policy, University of Hohenheim
    Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Hans Grinsted Jensen

    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Alan Matthews

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
    Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

Abstract

Despite substantial reforms, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is still criticised for its detrimental effects on developing countries. This paper provides updated evidence on the impact of the CAP on one developing country, Uganda. It goes beyond estimating macro-level economic effects by analysing the impacts on poverty. The policy simulation results show that eliminating EU agricultural support would have marginal but nonetheless positive impacts on the Ugandan economy and its poverty indicators. From the perspective of the EU's commitment to policy coherence for development, this supports the view that further reducing EU agricultural support would be positive for development.

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  • Ole Boysen & Hans Grinsted Jensen & Alan Matthews, 2014. "Impact of EU agricultural policy on developing countries: A Uganda case study," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp452, IIIS.
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    Keywords

    Uganda; Common Agricultural Policy; poverty; trade policy; domestic support; computable general equilibrium-microsimulation;
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    JEL classification:

    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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