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Agricultural Trade Reform and Poverty in the Asia-Pacific: A Survey and Some New Results

We review the literature on the relationship between agricultural trade policy reform and poverty, and the results of recent detailed simulation studies applied to economies in the Asia- Pacific region. We then use the GTAP model to evaluate the possible impacts of the most recently proposed modalities for agricultural trade reform under Doha on the economies of the Asia-Pacific region, which we compare to a benchmark of comprehensive agricultural trade reform. The current proposal does not result in significant cuts to applied tariffs, and has very modest overall effects on welfare. Poverty in the region would decrease overall, but the distribution across countries is uneven. By contrast, comprehensive agricultural trade reform, with developing economies fully engaged, tends to benefit most economies in the region in the aggregate, and to consistently lower poverty.

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Paper provided by Utah State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008-01.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2008
Date of revision: 19 Dec 2008
Publication status: Forthcoming in Asia-Pacific Development Journal
Handle: RePEc:usu:wpaper:2008-01
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