Status
reviewed & published
Title
Economic Analysis of Agricultural Policies: A Basic Training Manual with Special Reference to Price Analysis
Series
Training materials for agricultural planning
Series number
30
Author
Harvard Institute for International Development, USA, for the Policy Assistance Support Service, Policy and Programme Development Support Division, FAO
Date
1992
Abstract

Governments use policy instruments in order to influence economic resource allocations, such as the level of crop production, the distribution of income, the earning and expenditure of foreign exchange, and the demand for goods and services. While some of these objectives can be influenced directly by government expenditure, administrative action and legal restrictions, policies which influence price levels and the change in relative prices also have powerful effects on the way individuals, families, and firms utilize resources. This manual utilizes a supply/demand, market framework for pricing policies. It has eight modules on: baseline policy description; demand and supply projections from the baseline; policy impact on agricultural price structures; policy transfers, economic efficiency and the role of world prices; policy design; the policy analysis matrix; the role of macroeconomics in agricultural price formation; agricultural sector analysis.

Region
Global
Topics
Agricultural and sub-sectoral policies