Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 178: The impact of farm income support on absolute inequality

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the impact of agricultural support policies on the distribution of farming incomes, using measures to characterise and quantify the redistributive effects that are based on the change in the absolute Gini index. The provision of support to Scottish agriculture is found to have been at best ineffective as a means to reduce the average size of income disparities between farms. Agricultural policy is further shown to have been inefficient as a redistributive tool because of the adverse distributional effect of the re-ranking of farms induced by the provision of support.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    No.178
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X

    Keywords

    • Agricultural policy
    • Income redistribution
    • Scotland

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