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Studies in Productivity and Efficiency

The Economic Impact of Public Support to Agriculture

An International Perspective

Editors: Ball, Virgil, Fanfani, Roberto, Gutierrez, Luciano (Eds.)

  • Brings together insights from experts in economics, international trade, agricultural policy, and statistics to assess the current state of the agricultural and bio-fuels sector
  • Analyzes recent agricultural policy reforms in the U.S. and the E.U. with respect to both research and practical/policymaking implications
  • The first book to apply rigorous concepts of productivity and efficiency analysis to agriculture policy
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About this book

The recent reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union extend in a significant way the “decoupling” process started some ten years earlier. By adopting the Single Farm Payment (SFP) scheme only limited support for agriculture is tied to current production decisions. This is also true of U.S. farm policy. The reform act of 1996 introduced greater planting flexibility, shifted some support to direct payments, and eliminated the authority for acreage reduction programs. The 2002 and 2008 Acts retained these features. However, they added countercyclical components to direct payments based on market prices and historic production, and allowed for updating of base acreage underlying direct payments. These steps arguably reintroduced ties between support and production decisions. This volume explores the economic implications of these recent changes in the design of agricultural policies for the economic performance of the sector in the European Union and the United States. The book is organized around five themes: (1) New Directions in Agricultural Policy: U.S. and EU Perspectives; (2) Agricultural Policy and Economic performance; (3) Energy and Agricultural Policy; (4) International Trade and Agricultural Policy; and (5) Commodity Programs and Risk Management. The authors apply rigorous tools to analyze the impact and implications of current agricultural policies on efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness in the sector, and consider opportunities for improvement in policymaking and practice.

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From the reviews:

“This volume originated from a conference organised by the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS) and the International Association of Agro-Food Systems in June 2008. … the volume contributions come predominantly from US-based authors. European agricultural economists may find the methodologies used in some of the US papers of interest in suggesting techniques that might be applicable to EU data.” (Alan Matthews, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 39 (2), April, 2012)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Ball, V. Eldon (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Recent Developments and Applications from the OECD Toolbox

    Cahill, Carmel (et al.)

    Pages 11-39

  • US and EU Agricultural Policy: Divergence or Convergence?

    Schmitz, Andrew (et al.)

    Pages 41-66

  • The “Health Check” of the CAP Reform: Lessons from Its Impact Assessment

    Haniotis, Tassos

    Pages 67-79

  • The Incidence of US Farm Programs

    Alston, Julian M.

    Pages 81-105

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eBook $189.00
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Hardcover $239.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-2641-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economic Impact of Public Support to Agriculture
Book Subtitle
An International Perspective
Editors
  • Virgil Ball
  • Roberto Fanfani
  • Luciano Gutierrez
Series Title
Studies in Productivity and Efficiency
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6385-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6385-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6384-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2641-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 348
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