The Impact of Farm Income Support on Absolute Inequality

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    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
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event94th EAAE Seminar, "From households to firms with independent legal status: the spectrum of institutional units in the development of European agriculture." - Ashford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Apr 200510 Apr 2005

    Seminar

    Seminar94th EAAE Seminar, "From households to firms with independent legal status: the spectrum of institutional units in the development of European agriculture."
    Abbreviated title94th EAAE Seminar
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityAshford
    Period9/04/0510/04/05

    Keywords

    • Agricultural policy
    • Income redistribution
    • Scotland

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    The impact of farm income support on absolute inequality

    Allanson, P., 2005, University of Dundee, (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; no. 178).

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    Allanson, P. (2005). The Impact of Farm Income Support on Absolute Inequality. Paper presented at 94th EAAE Seminar, "From households to firms with independent legal status: the spectrum of institutional units in the development of European agriculture.", Ashford, United Kingdom. http://ideas.repec.org/p/ags/eaae94/24432.html