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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

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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Paper provided by Department of Economics - University Roma Tre in its series Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' with number 0200.

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