Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Agricultural price distortions

The Political Economy of Agricultural Pricing Policy (Volume 4): A Synthesis of the Economics in Developing Countries by Maurice Schiff and Alberto Valdes (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992) provides agricultural tax rates by crop for various developing countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, South Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Zambia) annually from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s. See Appendix of the book.

As an update to this study, Anderson and Valenzuela (2008) at the World Bank estimate 30 commodity-specific indicators of the policy-induced divergence between domestic and international prices in 68 countries since 1955. This data is used by Block (2010) to explain the agricultural total factor productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.

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