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OECD agricultural subsidies and poverty rates in lower income countries

OECD agricultural subsidies and poverty rates in lower income countries

Tedesco, Ilaria, Pelloni, Alessandra and Trovato, Giovanni (2015) OECD agricultural subsidies and poverty rates in lower income countries. International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics, 3 (2). pp. 31-49. ISSN 2147-8988 (Print), 2149-3766 (Online)

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Abstract

We investigate the implications of the OECD support for agriculture on the headcount poverty rates of developing countries. Following the strategy proposed by McMillan, Peterson Zwane, and Ashraf (2005, 2007), we estimate the cross-country empirical framework building a new OECD policy index and applying different panel data techniques. In addition to the standard parametric model estimators, we also use the finite mixture models to detect heterogeneous effects of the OECD policy index within our sample. We find statistically significant evidence that OECD agricultural policies worsened the poverty rates in some developing countries. Most of the main food exporters appear in fact to be negatively affected by the OECD support for agriculture while the impact detected on food importers is not significant or near to zero.

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Additional Information: [1] Published in International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics - the first Special Issue: Agricultural Policies in International Trade. [2] Acknowledgements (funding): This paper has been developed during Tedesco's PhD studies at University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy funded by the Italian Ministry of Education. [3] International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC, ISSN 2147-8988) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, open access, scholarly journal which aims to publish original research articles, empirical reports and theoretical reviews of research in the field of food and agricultural economics. International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords: OECD countries, agricultural distortions, International Trade Markets
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 20:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13247

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