Agricultural price policy has been increasingly recognized as vitally important to the economic development of poor countries. Yet what constitutes good policy is highly controversial among policy analysts and policymakers. Although economic theory and techniques do not provide definitive answers that resolve the controversies, they can be used as effective tools to develop insights of great value to policymakers. The purpose of this book is to show practitioners and students how to use basic techniques of economic analysis to help design effective policies. It presents the basic procedures for analyzing the economic impact of price policy on the agricultural sector and discusses the value and limitations of various policies. Throughout the book, the terms practitioner and analyst are used interchangeably. This book was written primarily for officials who use their analytical insights to guide policymakers. These officials serve in development institutions and government agencies throughout the developing world. Educational background, traditions, and terms of reference on the job necessarily vary among them. The most important unifying element in this diverse readership is the desire to gain basic skills in agricultural price policy analysis. This book offers practical guidance for extracting key economic information with the help of basic techniques. The book's focus is not on prescriptions for policy reform but rather on the policy-relevant information the analytical techniques can yield. The book presents relatively simple approaches to help clarify key issues in agriculture caused by price structures, to suggest how price interventions should be redirected to achieve policy objectives more effectively, and to identify when further analysis may be necessary. These techniques do not involve complex modeling and sophisticated quantitative methods, but they are directed to policy analysts who are familiar with basic economic theory,
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Book Description Cornell University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110801423635
Book Description Cornell University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0801423635