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How Distorted Have Agricultural Incentives Become in Europe's Transition Economies?

Swinnen, Johan; Anderson, Kym

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Over the past two decades, earnings from farming in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been altered hugely by government sectoral and trade policy reforms. This paper summarizes evidence on the changing extent of distortions to markets for farm products since the transition away from planned prices began. In particular, it examines the extent to which, following initial shocks, there has been a gradual improvement in farmer incentives. This new evidence...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSwinnen, Johan
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Kym
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-22T03:59:53Z
dc.date.available2016-06-22T03:59:53Z
dc.identifier.issn0012-8775
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/104581
dc.description.abstractOver the past two decades, earnings from farming in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been altered hugely by government sectoral and trade policy reforms. This paper summarizes evidence on the changing extent of distortions to markets for farm products since the transition away from planned prices began. In particular, it examines the extent to which, following initial shocks, there has been a gradual improvement in farmer incentives. This new evidence is not inconsistent with the past pattern of earlier-developing countries, but the speed of assistance increase is relatively rapid and is linked with actual or desired accession to the European Union. The final section focuses on future prospects, particularly what might be done to prevent agricultural protection levels from becoming excessive.
dc.format32 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
dc.rights© 2010 M.E. Sharpe, Inc.,
dc.sourceEastern European Economics
dc.subjectearnings
dc.subjectfarming
dc.subjectEastern Europe
dc.subjectCentral Asia
dc.subjectgovernment
dc.subjectsectoral
dc.subjecttrade
dc.subjectpolicy
dc.subjectreforms
dc.subjectdistortions
dc.subjectmarkets
dc.subjectfarm
dc.subjectproducts
dc.titleHow Distorted Have Agricultural Incentives Become in Europe's Transition Economies?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesAt the time of publication Kym Anderson was affiliated with the University of Adelaide and the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.
local.identifier.citationvolume48
dc.date.issued2010-01
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAnderson, Kym, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, CAP Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1557-9298
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage79
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage109
local.identifier.doi10.2753/EEE0012-8775480105
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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