Global Rice and Agricultural Trade Liberalisation

Poverty and Welfare Implications for South Asia

Paperback: £45.00

Global Rice and Agricultural Trade Liberalisation

Publication date: 1 March 2008
Size: 240mm x 156mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-861-7
Pages: 224

Rice has long been one of the most protected commodities in world trade. Now the probable significant liberalisation of trade in rice is likely to have huge welfare implications for many countries dependent on its production and trade, particularly those in South Asia.

This book explores the poverty and welfare implications of this liberalisation for India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and identifies the effects on different groups within poor rice-dependent developing countries.

This book will be of great interest to researchers and policy-makers, in South Asia and elsewhere, looking at the distributional consequences of multilateral trade agreements in terms of poverty and welfare within individual countries.

(Published in South Asia by Academic Foundation)

ContentsExpand or collapse me

1. Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 The Scope of this Volume
1.3 Methodology for Studying the Impacts of Different Liberalisation Scenarios
1.4 Papers in this Volume and their Main Results
1.5 Concluding Remarks

2. Global Rice Trade Liberalisation: Implications from Some Alternative Scenarios
2.1 Introduction
2.2 International Rice Market: Some Stylised Facts
2.3 Methodology
2.4 Simulation Design
2.5 Simulation Outcomes
2.6 Conclusion

3. Poverty and Welfare Consequences of Global Rice and Agricultural Trade Liberalisation for Bangladesh
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Rice and the Bangladesh Economy
3.3 Methodology of the Study
3.4 Simulation Results
3.5 Conclusion

4. Assessing Macroeconomic and Welfare Implications of Global Rice Trade Liberalisation for India
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Rice and the Indian Economy
4.3 Basic Modelling Framework
4.4 Data
4.5 Simulation Design and Analysis
4.6 Decomposing the Simulations
4.7 Poverty, Welfare and Inequality Analysis
4.8 Conclusion

5. Welfare and Poverty Implications of Global Rice and Agricultural
5.1 Introduction
5.2 The rice sector and the Pakistan economy
5.3 The model structure and the database
5.4 Results
5.5 Summary and conclusions

6. Impacts of Global Rice and Agricultural Market Liberalisation for Sri Lanka
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Rice and the Sri Lankan economy
6.3 The structure of the model and the Social Accounting Matrix
6.4 Policy experiments
6.5 Results of the policy experiments: Short-run model
6.6 Results of the policy experiments: Long-run model
6.7 Conclusion

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'This ambitious and methodologically sophisticated study offers a contribution to the ongoing debate on trade liberalisation and South Asian economy and market.’

Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol. 7 No. 1, 2008