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CONFERENCE: Political Economy of Distortions to Agricultural Incentives

Date: 23 - 24 May 2008

Venue: Room MC4-100, World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC 20433

Friday 23 May  

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:00Introduction and evidence since the mid-1950s to explain

Welcome, by Will Martin
Introduction, by Kym Anderson

Evolution of Global Distortions to Agricultural Incentives Since the 1950s, byKym Anderson, Damiano Sandri and Ernesto Valenzuela   

10:30 - 12:30Conceptual framework and historical studies

Special Interest Versus the Public Interest: Role of Governance Structures, by Gordon Rausser      

Political Economy of Anglo-French Trade, 1689-1899: Agricultural Trade Policies, Alcohol Taxes, and War, by John Nye

Political Economy of Agricultural Protection: Europe in the 19th and 20th Century, by Johan Swinnen  

13:30 - 15:30Regional studies

Explaining Changing Patterns of Distortions in Africa, by Robert Bates and Steven Block

Explaining Changing Patterns of Distortions in Latin America, by Olivier Cadot, Laure Dutiot and Marcelo Olarreaga

Explaining Changing Patterns of Distortions in European and Asian Transition Economies, by Scott Rozelle and Johan Swinnen

16:00 - 18:00Econometric and CGE approaches to testing hypotheses

Changes in Distortion Patterns Over Time: Explaining Reform Outcomes, by Kishore Gawande and Bernard Hoekman

CGE Analysis of Distributional Effects of Policies for Revealing Government Preference Functions, by Joseph Francois, Douglas Nelson and Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing

A Framework for Analyzing Distortion Patterns Empirically, by Pushan Dutt and Devashish Mitra

Saturday 24 May 

08:30 - 10:30Roles of institutions, etc.
Political Economy Theory Predictions and the Effects of Supply and Demand Elasticities, by David Bullock

Constitutional Rules and Agricultural Policy Outcomes, by Alessandro Olper andValentina Raimondi

The Logic of the CAP, by Christian Henning, Carsten Struve and Martina Brockmeier 

10:45 - 12:45Policy instrument choices

Explaining Inefficient Policy Instrument Choices, by Harry de Gorter

The US Farm Bill: A political Economy Perspective, by David Orden, David Blandford and Tim Josling

Food safety, the environment and trade restrictions, by David Zilberman with Gal Hochman and Steven Sexton 

13:30 - 14:50

Policy instrument choices
Political Economy of Agricultural Price Distortions and Stabilization, by Will Masters and Andres Garcia

Political Economy of Sugar Policies, by Gordon Rausser and Ernesto Valenzuela

14:50 - 15:00 Conclusion and next steps

List of participants

Anderson, Kym, University of Adelaide
Bates, Robert, Harvard University
Blandford, David, Pennsylvania State University
Block, Steven, Tufts University
Brockmeier, Martina, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
Bullock, David, University of Illinois
Cadot, Olivier, HEC, University of Lausanne
De Gorter, Harry, Cornell University
Dutoit, Laure, HEC, University of Lausanne
Dutt, Pushan, INSEAD, Singapore
Francois, Joseph, Johannes Keple University, Linz
Garcia, Andres, Purdue University
Gawande, Kishore, Texas A and M University
Hayami, Yujiro, GRIPS / FASID, Tokyo
Henning, Christian, University of Kiel
Hochman, Gal, University of California, Berkeley
Hoekman, Bernard, World Bank
Josling, Tim, Stanford University
Martin, Will, World Bank
Masters, Will, Purdue University
Mitra, Devashish, Syracuse University
Nelson, Douglas, Tulane University and Univ. of Nottingham
Nye, John, George Mason University
Olarreaga, Marcelo, University of Geneva
Olper, Alessandro, University of Milan
Orden, David, IFPRI
Pelkmans-Balaoing, Annette, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Raimondi, Valentina, University of Milan
Rausser, Gordon, University of California, Berkeley
Rozelle, Scott, Stanford University
Sandri, Damiano, Johns Hopkins University
Sexton, Steven, University of California, Berkeley
Struve, Carsten, University of Kiel
Swinnen, Johan, Catholic University of Leuven
Valenzuela, Ernesto, University of Adelaide
Zilberman, David, University of California, Berkeley

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