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Type: Journal article
Title: How do governments respond to food price spikes? Lessons from the past
Author: Anderson, K.
Nelgen, S.
Citation: Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, 2010; 1(2):265-285
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1793-9933
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Kym Anderson and Signe Nelgen
Abstract: Food prices in international markets spiked upward in 2008, doubling or more in a matter of months. Evidence is still being compiled on policy responses over the following two years, but new time series estimates of government intervention for the previous five decades allow insights into past policy responses to price fluctuations and spikes. This paper reviews the distortionary impacts of policies used by governments attempting to stabilize their domestic food markets. It then focuses on policy responses in the mid-1970s, as reflected in domestic prices and various annual indicators of distortions to producer and consumer incentives, before drawing out some policy lessons.
Keywords: Commodity price stabilization policies
domestic market insulation
distorted incentives
agricultural and trade policies
trade restrictiveness indexes
Rights: Copyright © 2010 World Scientific Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1142/S1793993310000159
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