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The Political Economy of Food Pricing Policy in China

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  • Huang, Jikun
  • Rozelle, Scott
  • Yang, Jun

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The overall goal of this paper is to analyse the political economy of food price policies in China during the global food crisis. The results show that given China´s unique economic and political context and the nature of its agricultural markets, the government´s reaction to the crisis was swift and decisive. Responses, which considered the interests of the relevant stakeholders, included both short-term counter-measures that covered a wide range of domestic and border policies as well as long-term policy changes on biofuels and agricultural investment. This, in conjunction with the country´s political system, meant that the decision-making process encountered no problems and that the impacts of policy responses by the government achieved the envisaged objectives.

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  • Huang, Jikun & Rozelle, Scott & Yang, Jun, 2013. "The Political Economy of Food Pricing Policy in China," WIDER Working Paper Series 038, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Chavas, Jean-Paul & Li, Jian, 2016. "On the Economics of Commodity Price Dynamics and Price Volatility," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 235070, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. McKay, Andy & Tarp, Finn, 2014. "Distributional impacts of the 2008 global food price spike in Vietnam," WIDER Working Paper Series 030, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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