Northwestern University

Feb
5
Tue 6:00 PM

Rich Farm Subsidies and the Poor

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Buffett Center Conference Room  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Costs: Public: Free

Contact: Patrick Eccles   +1 847 467 4393  

Group: Center for Global Engagement

Category: Academic

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Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies
Center for Global Engagement
Global Development Series

Rich Farm Subsidies and the Poor
Daniel Sumner, University of California-Davis

Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center at the University of California-Davis, provides a careful exploration of the implications of U.S. trade policies and farm subsidies and their various impacts on developing countries.  For decades, farm resource owners in rich countries have received substantial government-mandated income transfers from taxpayers and buyers. The effects of these programs depend on who and what is being subdisized and the market conditions under which they operate.  Farmers and consumers in poor countries are among those affected by rich country farm subsidies; the broad economic consequences are seemingly straightforward, the consumers gain and the farm producers who compete with subsidized products lose.  Sumner will explore the pattern of impacts these subsidies have across different times, places and commodity markets, promoting a detailed understanding of policies and markets in both rich and poor countries.

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