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Agricultural (Dis)Incentives and Food Security: is there a link?

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  • Emiliano Magrini
  • Silvia Nenci
  • Pierluigi Montalbano
  • Luca Salvatici

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This paper analyzes the impact of agricultural (dis)incentives on food security for a wide sample of countries over the period 1990-2010 using the World Bank database on distortions to agricultural incentives. We adopt a continuous treatment approach applying a generalized propensity score matching to reduce potential biases stemming from difference in observed country characteristics. The results provide strong evidence of self-selection and heterogeneous food security impacts at different levels of policy intensity. Estimates of the dose-response functions show that both discrimination against agriculture and large support lead to poor performances in several dimensions of FS.

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  • Emiliano Magrini & Silvia Nenci & Pierluigi Montalbano & Luca Salvatici, 2015. "Agricultural (Dis)Incentives and Food Security: is there a link?," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0200, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
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    Keywords

    Food security; agricultural incentives; impact evaluation; GPS; cross-country analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F60 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - General
    • O50 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - General
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade

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