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The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: the Case of Bangladesh

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Global food price hikes during 2007 and 2008 resulted in a sharp rise in staple food prices in Bangladesh. The poor and marginalized households were particularly vulnerable to such an adverse situation as their real purchasing power eroded. Several studies indicated that the adverse effects of the food price hike in Bangladesh were primarily manifested by the significant rise in the number of households falling below the poverty line income. At the political front, Bangladesh was run by an unelected and undemocratic 'civil' caretaker government backed by the military.

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  • Selim Raihan, 2013. "The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: the Case of Bangladesh," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2013-002, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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