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Distortions to Agricultural Incentives: A Global Perspective, 1955-2007

Edited by Kym Anderson
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Trade and Development
English; Paperback; 680 pages; 6x9
Published October 2, 2009 by World Bank; Palgrave Macmillan UK
ISBN: 978-0-8213-7665-2; SKU: 17665

Recipient of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society’s 2010 Quality of Research Discovery Prize, and the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis of the (US) Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2010.

The fifth and last volume in the Distortions to Agricultural Incentives series focus on distortions to agricultural incentives from a global perspective.

Distortions to Agricultural Incentives series brings together analytical narratives of the evolution over the past half-century of policy-imposed distortions to farmer incentives and food prices in 80 countries, drawing on new, consistent set of estimates spanning 90 percent of the world's agricultural markets. The first two titles in the series focus on Europe's transitional economies and Latin America. Other forthcoming titles in this series will focus on Africa and Asia.

"The international agricultural economy is bewilderingly complex, and an up-to-date study of economic policies and their effects has been sorely needed. Kym Anderson has done a remarkable job of leading such a huge ambitious study. This volume provides the synthesis and will serve as the standard reference for years to come, documenting the impacts of current policies toward agriculture and analyzing changes over the past several decades. With increasing concerns about global food supplies, it should be required reading for academics and policy makers seeking to understand the current structure of the international food economy and considering policy alternatives."

Anne O. Krueger, Professor, Johns Hopkins University and former First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

"Food and agriculture are key contributors to global welfare, and no sector is more prone to government intervention. Kym Anderson and his collaborators have measured that intervention over half a century and shown that it is still alive and kicking. Data and quantification are the necessary precursors to effective research and to policy reform, so this excellent book provides a major impetus to rationalising international trade policy in agriculture. It is a must-read for all policy makers and students who care about feeding the world."

L. Alan Winters, Professor, University of Sussex and Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development

"On the basis of a very large body of new empirical evidence from case studies covering 75 countries, Kym Anderson provides the most comprehensive analytical assessment ever done of the world's agricultural trade policies and the changes during the last 50 years. As the Doha negotiations are on the verge of collapsing and associated benefits foregone, this book presents very strong and timely arguments for re-vitalizing the trade negotiations to promote global economic growth and poverty alleviation and to help achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This book is a must read for scholars and students of agricultural development and international trade and others who wish to better understand the costs of the current anti-trade bias existing in both developing and developed countries and what to do about it."

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor, Cornell University and Copenhagen University, former Director-General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, and World Food Prize Laureate

"This book provides absolutely unique information on agricultural policies around the world, in an internationally comparable manner. It will serve a whole generation of analysts and policy makers with a benchmark against which to assess the pursuit of future policies in world agriculture."

Stefan Tangermann, Emeritus Professor, University of Gottingen and former OECD Director for Trade and Agriculture


Part I. Introduction

1. Five Decades of Distortions to Agricultural Incentives
Kym Anderson

Part II. Evolution of Distortions in Advanced Economies

2. Japan, Republic of Korea, and Taiwan, China
Masayoshi Honma and Yujiro Hayami

3. Western Europe
Tim Josling

4. United States and Canada
Bruce L. Gardner

5. Australia and New Zealand
Kym Anderson, Ralph Lattimore, Peter J. Lloyd, and Donald MacLaren

Part III. Evolution of Distortions in Emerging Economies

6. Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Kym Anderson and Johan Swinnen

7. Latin America and the Caribbean
Kym Anderson and Alberto Vald├ęs

8. Sub-Saharan and North Africa
Kym Anderson and William A. Masters

9. China and Southeast Asia
Kym Anderson and Will Martin

10. India and Other South Asian Countries
Ashok Gulati and Garry Pursell

Part IV. Global Market and Welfare Effects of Distortions

11. Welfare-Based and Trade-Based Indicators of National Agricultural Distortions
Peter J. Lloyd, Johanna L. Croser, and Kym Anderson

12. Global Distortions to Key Commodity Markets
Kym Anderson, Johanna L. Croser, Signe Nelgen, and Ernesto Valenzuela

13. General Equilibrium Effects of Price Distortions on Global Markets, Farm Incomes, and Welfare
Ernesto Valenzuela, Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, and Kym Anderson

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