Jayson Beckman, Carmen Estrades, Manuel Flores, Angel Aguiar, 03 October 2018

Export taxes are the most commonly employed form of export restrictions on agricultural products, but they receive relatively little scrutiny in multilateral trade negotiations. This column demonstrates that taxes have a positive effect on prices, with effects generally detectable in the same year that the taxes are implemented. The removal of export taxes does not affect international prices, but can lead to small decreases in domestic poverty.

André Nassar, Carlos Perez, 28 April 2011

Why should policymakers bother to conclude the Doha Round? This column argues that the benefits for agricultural trade provide reason enough. Developed countries would benefit from more competitive products entering their market and developing countries would benefit from having access to these markets for export.

Kym Anderson, John Cockburn, William Martin, 28 April 2010

Many economists argue that removing trade barriers such as the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy will be globally welfare-improving. This column presents findings from simulations that estimate the welfare effects depending on the extent of trade reform and possible policy responses. It suggests that removing the world’s price and trade distortions would reduce the number of poor people worldwide by 3%.

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