Title: Political reforms and public policy: evidence from agricultural and food policies
Authors: Olper, A. ×
Falkowski, J.
Swinnen, Jo #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: World Bank
Series Title: The World Bank Economic Review vol:28 issue:1 pages:21-47
Abstract: This paper studies the effect of political regime transitions on public policy using a new data set on global agricultural and food policies over a 50-year period (including data from 74 developing and developed countries over the 1955–2005 period).
We find evidence that democratization leads to a reduction of agricultural taxation, an increase in agricultural subsidization, or both. The empirical findings are consistent with the predictions of the median voter model because political transitions occurred primarily in countries with a majority of farmers. The results are robust to different specifications, estimation approaches, and variable definitions.
ISSN: 0258-6770
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Development Economics, Leuven
LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven
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