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Would freeing up world trade reduce poverty and inequality? The vexed role of agricultural distortions

Anderson, Kym; Cockburn, John; Martin, Will


For decades, earnings from farming in many developing countries have been depressed by a pro-urban, anti-agricultural bias in own-country policies as well as by governments of richer countries favouring their farmers with import barriers and subsidies. Both sets of policies reduced national and global economic welfare, inhibited economic growth and added to inequality and poverty because no fewer than three-quarters of the world’s billion poorest people still depend directly or indirectly on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Type: Journal article
Source: The World Economy 34. 4 (2011): 487-515
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9701.2011.01339.x


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