Itai Ater, Oren Rigbi, 20 January 2018

The ability to compare prices openly and easily is widely thought to foster competitiveness, but mandatory disclosure of pricing information can also facilitate collusion between sellers. This column uses evidence from before and after the introduction of price disclosure regulation in the Israeli supermarket industry to evaluate how price transparency affected food prices. Mandatory disclosure decreased the dispersion and, to a lesser extent, the levels of prices. On average, Israeli consumers saved about $27 per month thanks to the regulation.

Marga Peeters, Ronald Albers, 23 February 2011

World food prices are now even higher than their peak just before the global crisis. During periods of high commodity prices, North African and Middle Eastern governments have a long tradition of subsidising food and fuel products. But this column shows that food price inflation and consequently subsidies were also high during periods when global commodity prices were falling. Now these countries have an opportunity to correct this.

Kym Anderson, William Martin, Signe Nelgen, 09 November 2010

The recent rise in the price of wheat has brought the issue of food security back to public attention. This column discusses how policymakers can avoid the temptation to place restrictions on exports and imports that exacerbate price spikes.

Arvind Subramanian, 30 June 2008

Food riots, starvation, malnutrition, and supply-driven inflation – the global food crisis is upon us. Here one of the world’s leading development economists discusses short-, medium-, and long-run solutions.

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