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Political reforms and public policy : evidence from agricultural and food policies
 
Author:Olper, Alessandro; Fatkowski, Jan; Swinnenm Johan; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6336
Country:World; Date Stored:2013/01/23
Document Date:2013/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Political Economy; Emerging Markets; Parliamentary Government; Labor Policies; Population PoliciesLanguage:English
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS6336
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: 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). The authors 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.

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