Commodities & markets, Policy, Studies

Who Really Benefits from U.S. Farm Subsidies?

Alston, J.M. 2006. “Benefits and Beneficiaries from U.S. Farm Subsidies.” Paper 4 of the American Enterprise Institute project led by B.L. Gardner and D.A. Sumner, Agricultural Policy for 2007 Farm Bill and Beyond .

This paper provides an overall review of product market effects of U.S. agricultural policies in aggregate, and analyzes consequences for gains and losses, with special attention to landowners as recipients of rents generated by programs. Ideas and evidence are presented, based on a combination of past studies and new work, to draw inferences about the consequences of agricultural commodity programs for commodity markets and factor markets.

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