CZYŻEWSKI Bazyli és MATUSZCZAK Anna (2018-08): Rent-seeking in agricultural policy revisited: a new look at the Common Agricultural Policy consensus. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 69-79. ISSN 2063 0476

It is generally believed that agricultural interventionism represents the payment of political rents to farmers. We attempt to show that the concept of political rent known as the rent-seeking theory is not valid for agricultural policy. It is not justified to identify the entire subsidies paid to agriculture as a ‘political rent’, since political rents cannot be taken to include payments for the supply of public goods or those transfers which compensate for market imperfections. Our work aims firstly...

MEYER Kevin (2018-08): The Impact of Agricultural Land Use Change on Lake Water Quality: Evidence from Iowa. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 105-111. ISSN 2063 0476

The environmental impacts of agricultural policies must be quantified to perform full cost-benefit analyses and make informed policy decisions. In this paper I use a unique panel data set to estimate the effect of changes in cropland on lake water quality. Fifteen years of water quality measurements across over 100 lakes are combined with satellite imagery and weather data. Using a dynamic panel data model, I find that the elasticity of water quality to cropland is 0.0535. To understand the policy...

SWINBANK Alan (2018-08): Tariffs, trade, and incomplete CAP reform. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 61-68. ISSN 2063 0476

The original CAP’s high levels of border protection on many products involved a variable import levy bridging the gap between world prices and the EU’s much higher minimum import price. The Uruguay Round ended this, but tariffication also meant that subsequent CAP reforms reducing EU levels of domestic market price support would no longer trigger lower tariffs. Moreover the Doha Round’s plans for tariff cuts are in abeyance. The consequences are: i) for these products, only preferential sup¬pliers...

SZERLETICS Ákos (2018-08): Degressivity, capping and European farm structure: New evidence from Hungary. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 80-86. ISSN 2063 0476

The debate on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020 had already started when the European Commission published its own vision on the future of agriculture and food production in the European Union. One of the key aspects of this debate relates to the revision of the system of EU direct payments by revising degressivity and capping rules. Although it has, for a long time, been a popular idea to limit payments to larger farms in one way or another, and subsidise smaller agricultural...

WRZASZCZ Wioletta (2018-08): Effectiveness of Greening in Poland. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 87-96. ISSN 2063 0476

Under the latest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, 2015 was the first year when greening requirements were implemented. Legal rules obliged farmers to move towards more environmentally-friendly land use practices. The aim of this paper is to present the first effects of the implementation of greening in Poland. The paper is based on an FADN panel of 7.4 thousand private farms participated in the Single Area Payment Scheme in Poland. The sample also enabled to identify organisational changes...

GE Wei és LIU Xinran (2018-08): Who Benefits from the Export Tax Rebate Policy? Evidence from the Chinese Fishery Sector. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 97-104. ISSN 2063 0476

The export tax rebate policy in China is under dispute, especially in agricultural sectors, as it is claimed that it works as a subsidy for foreign consumers rather than domestic producers. Surprisingly, little research has investigated the distribution of benefits of this policy. In this paper, we examine this in a partial equilibrium framework. We find that the effects of the export tax rebate on domestic producers depend on the relative magnitude of the export supply and import demand elasticities....

ASSELDONK Marcel van és DUCHOSLAV Jan (2018-08): Adoption and impact of credit-linked crop index insurance: a case study in Mali. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (2), pp. 112-115. ISSN 2063 0476

Linking insurance with credit is a promising approach towards overcoming the main difficulties of scaling up crop insurance in Africa. The current research revealed that credit-linked crop insurance adopters in Mali were on average larger households than non-adopters, were living more often from subsistence agriculture, were less patient and less likely to produce maize, while operating on smaller farms. However, propensity score matching revealed that changes in terms of production decisions or...

QUENDLER Erika (2018-06): CommunalAudit, a guide for municipalities in Austria to foster inclusive and sustainable development. Studies in Agricultural Economics 120 (1), pp. 17-24. ISSN 2063 0476

Municipalities in Austria have been exploring ways to adopt inclusive and sustainable development approaches based on the built environment. It is a fact that the tasks of municipalities are becoming more and more comprehensive, while the resources available are not increasing to the same extent. However, the sustainable provision of municipal public services must remain a key component in strengthening rural areas. One way is to conduct a CommunalAudit. In addition to the identification of optimisation...