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When do export subsidies have a redistributional role?

Holloway, G. (2002) When do export subsidies have a redistributional role? American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 84 (1). pp. 234-244. ISSN 0002-9092

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/1467-8276.00255

Abstract/Summary

If an export subsidy is efficient, that is, has a surplus-transfer role, then there exists an implicit function relating the optimal level of the subsidy to the income target in the agricultural sector. If an export subsidy is inefficient no such function exists. We show that dependence exists in large-export equilibrium, not in small-export equilibrium and show that these results remain robust to concerns about domestic tax distortions. The failure of previous work to produce this result stems from its neglect of the income constraint on producer surplus in the programming problem transferring surplusfrom consumersand taxpayers to farmers.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:30567
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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