Agricultural (dis)incentives and food security: is there a link?

Magrini, Emiliano, Montalbano, Pierluigi, Nenci, Silvia and Salvatici, Luca (2017) Agricultural (dis)incentives and food security: is there a link? American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 99 (4). pp. 847-871. ISSN 0002-9092

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Using the World Bank database “Distortions to agricultural incentives,” this paper analyzes the impact that agricultural (dis)incentives have on food security for a wide sample of countries over the 1990–2010 period. We adopt a continuous treatment approach applying generalized propensity score matching to reduce potential biases stemming from differences in observed country characteristics. The results provide strong evidence of self-selection and heterogeneous food security impacts at different levels of policy intensity. Estimates of the dose-response functions show that both discrimination against agriculture and large support for it lead to poor performance in the availability, access, and utilization dimensions of food security.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Agricultural (dis)incentives, cross-country analysis, food security, generalized propensity score, impact evaluation
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0071 Economics as a science. Relation to other subjects
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0131 Methodology > HB0135 Mathematical economics. Quantitative methods Including econometrics, input-output analysis, game theory
Depositing User: Prof. Pierluigi Montalbano
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 08:11
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 17:27

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