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Impact of OECD country agricultural protectionism on developing countries. Lecture 30 Economics of Food Markets Alan Matthews. Developing countries harmed by OECD agricultural subsidies. Many studies purport to show Large gains from agricultural trade liberalisation

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Impact of oecd country agricultural protectionism on developing countries

Impact of OECD country agricultural protectionism on developing countries

Lecture 30

Economics of Food Markets

Alan Matthews


Developing countries harmed by oecd agricultural subsidies

Developing countries harmed by OECD agricultural subsidies

  • Many studies purport to show

    • Large gains from agricultural trade liberalisation

    • Large share of gains accruing to developing countries

    • All developing countries share in these gains

  • Examples

    • IMF 2002: $128 billion, of which $30 billion to DCs

    • Goldin et al: 2003 $364 billion, of which $176 billion to DCs

    • Anderson 2003: $165 billion, of which $43 billion to DCs

    • World Bank 2004: $400-900 billion from total trade liberalisation, more than half of which to DCs, of which agriculture would account for 70%


Developing countries harmed by oecd agricultural subsidies1

Developing countries harmed by OECD agricultural subsidies

  • These numbers have been picked up by NGOs and contribute to the widespread view that protectionist agricultural policies in OECD countries are mainly responsible for preventing developing countries from benefiting from world trade.


Revisionist views

Revisionist views

  • PE models (ATPSM) have always been more ambiguous

  • Panagariya 2002

    “The presumption that such liberalization will broadly benefit the poor countries, implicit in the allegations that agricultural subsidies in the rich countries hurt the poor in developing countries, is unlikely to be supported by closer scrutiny in its unqualified form.”

  • Charlton and Stiglitz 2004

    “The existence of net losses for developing countries in some areas of reform should not imply that no reform is required—rather it suggests that a selective approach is needed.”


Recent world bank estimates anderson martin van der mensbrugge june 2005

Recent World Bank estimatesAnderson, Martin, Van der Mensbrugge, June 2005


Impact of doha round agreement bouet et al 2004

Impact of Doha Round agreement(Bouet et al., 2004)


Estimates of costs of oecd country agricultural protectionism for developing countries

Estimates of costs of OECD country agricultural protectionism for developing countries

  • Anderson 2001: $12 billion

  • Diao et al 2004: $4-8 billion

  • Tokarick 2003: $4 billion

  • Francois et al 2003: $1-3.5 billion (from 50% liberalisation)

  • Anderson and Martin 2006: $26 billion

  • Hertel and Keeney 2005: $9.5 billion

  • Compare to net ODA flows of around $60 billion


Channels of impact

Channels of impact

  • Main impact is through terms of trade effect

    • Net exporters gain, net importers lose

  • More generally, farmers gain and consumers lose

    • Depends on degree of market integration

    • Presumption that trade liberalisation is pro-poor

  • Picture complicated by the role of preferences for net exporting countries


Impact of oecd country agricultural protectionism on developing countries

FAO World Agriculture Towards 2015/2030


Impact of different agricultural support measures

Impact of different agricultural support measures

  • Message that market access matters is largely valid, but…

  • ..for some sub-Saharan African countries, domestic subsidies may be more important (cotton, tobacco, peanuts)

  • ..the unimportance of subsidies is influenced by the Green Box status of various forms of direct payments. If some trade distortion results from such payments, impacts would be bigger


Impact of different agricultural support measures1

Impact of different agricultural support measures

  • On other hand, export subsidies (despite NGO criticisms) now only important in dairy and sugar

  • Yes, such subsidies have iniquitous competition effects, and are counter to WTO rules, but overall positive impact on developing countries of their elimination will be very limited


Conclusions from empirical work

Conclusions from empirical work

  • Multilateral liberalisation in agriculture is an important objective to pursue, but implications for developing countries are more nuanced

    • The adverse effects of developed country agricultural protection can be overstated, particularly for least developed countries

    • For middle income countries, faced with high protection, liberalisation means strong prospects for competitive export sectors

    • For poorer countries, rising import prices, preference erosion and more onerous standards darken picture considerably, particularly under partial reforms

    • Danger that crucial factors which will prevent many of the poorest countries from benefiting have not been properly addressed


Impact of oecd country agricultural protectionism on developing countries

The role of preferences and preference erosion


The role of preferences

The role of preferences

  • Winters: “poisoning the debate”

  • Systemic criticisms

    • Divert trade between developing countries

    • Undermine support for multilateral system

  • Preferences have no value

    • Poorly utilised (restrictive rules of origin)

    • Come attached with conditions

    • Uncertain, subject to frequent changes

    • Delay growth-promoting reforms


Average applied bilateral tariffs agricultural sector per cent 2001

Average applied bilateral tariffs, agricultural sector, per cent, 2001


In fact preferences are well utilised eu agri food imports under various regimes 2002

In fact, preferences are well utilisedEU agri-food imports under various regimes, 2002


In fact preferences are well utilised us agri food imports under various regimes 2002

In fact, preferences are well utilisedUS agri-food imports under various regimes, 2002


And quite effective

…and quite effective

  • Mixed evidence from statistical studies

    • Ozden and Reinhardt 2003, Stockel and Borrell,, 2001 argue preferences have no value

  • But number of studies argue the opposite

    • Stevens and Kennan (2004)

    • Wainio and Gehlhar (2004)

    • Romalis (2003)

  • Criticism of preferences driven by their systemic effects risks depriving some developing countries of something of real benefit to them


Who loses from preference erosion in agriculture

Who loses from preference erosion in agriculture?

  • Bulk of losses fall on a narrow set of ‘highly preferred’ countries with exports concentrated in a handful of highly protected sectors: bananas, sugar, meat

  • Big losers are mostly small islands and most sub-Saharan African states

  • Possibility that MFN trade liberalisation or additional preferences could provide some offsetting gains

  • Necessity of compensation package to ensure balanced outcome to the Round?


Where does the problem lie

Where does the problem lie?

  • Northern agricultural protectionism not a significant explanation of the problems facing the poorest countries to integrate into international trade

    • Lack of regional integration (South-South barriers) may be as/more important

    • Technical/SPS barriers which often prevent any trade at all (EU restrictions on fish/shellfish exports, new EU SPS controls, affect food as well as primary produce)


The aid for trade debate

The ‘Aid for Trade’ debate

  • Aid for trade covers

    • Trade policy formulation

    • Trade facilitation

    • Trade adjustment

    • Trade-related infrastructure

  • Various initiatives underway

    • IMF Trade Integration Facility

    • WTO and others, Integrated Framework

    • Proposals for preference erosion fund

    • Now part of the Doha Agenda


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Doha Round meant to be a development round

  • Developing countries dissatisfied with outcome of Uruguay Round

  • Developing countries have conflicting interests in the outcome

  • Can sufficient flexibility be offered to developing countries while ensuring sufficient negotiating gains for developed countries?


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