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Industrial Subsidies in the OECD Economies

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  • Robert Ford


  • Wim Suyker


Subsidisation of industrial activities distorts the allocation of scarce resources, is a burden on government finances and generates friction in international trade. This paper draws on a wide range of data sources to examine industrial subsidisation in OECD countries. The sectoral distribution of subsidies and the relative importance of the different instruments of subsidisation are highlighted. The final section of the paper evaluates, to the extent possible, the economic effects of subsidy policy ... Les subventions aux industries introduisent des distorsions dans l'allocation de ressources rares, représentent une charge pour les finances publiques et créent des frictions dans le commerce international. Cet article s'appuie sur un large éventail de données pour examiner les subventions industrielles dans les pays de l'OCDE. La répartition sectorielle et l'importance relative des différentes formes de subventions sont décrites. La dernière section du papier évalue, dans la mesure du possible, les effets économiques des politiques de subvention ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 74.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1990
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:74-en
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