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Do property values capture producer choice in agriculture?

I am interested in conducting research into how climate change impacts the social welfare of a country, particularly how it affects producers of agricultural product. My immediate thought was that as ...
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Comparative data on agricultural subsidies

Where can I find data on the agricultural subsidies of each country, ideally in a comparable fashion? I've googled without success. I hope there are some experts on this forum that can direct me to ...
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Where can I find a complete list of goods affected by NAFTA?

I am looking for the list of goods that NAFTA, preferably in the format of what is subject to tariff reduction. I have found a few potential leads, but none seem to be exhaustive: https://www....
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Data source for the relative frequency of different kinds of expiration date by retailers? (use by, sell by, best by)

I'm not sure if this is the correct Stackexchange site for this question, but I am interested in the economic and environmental effects of food waste reduction. A common policy proposal to reduce food ...
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What arguments are there in favor of national food self-sufficiency?

National food self-sufficiency is an idea that appeals to many non-economists. For example, George W. Bush (2001): It’s important for our Nation to be able to grow foodstuffs to feed our people. ...
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Why does China spend so much on agricultural/farming subsidies?

I use the OECD's Total Support Estimates (TSE), which I think is a proper measure of total agricultural subsidies (but correct me if I'm wrong). China's TSE is by far the largest at \$239B in 2017 ...
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Categorisation of Harmonised System codes for economic analysis

I work a lot with Harmonised System Codes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonized_System). In a nutshell, the Harmonised System (HS) provides a way to record all goods based trade in and out of a ...
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Why is Algeria the #2 milk powder importer in the world?

Can anyone explain to me why Algeria, a country of 40 million people is importing almost half as much milk powder as China? Turkey has 80 million people yet it apparently doesn't import milk powder, ...
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Can biotechnology be a bad thing?

My textbook (Economic Issues and Policy by Jacqueline Murray Brux) says: In addition to health and environmental concerns about biotechnology, the most likely economic effects will be large ...
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Is there a proven, quantitative link between food wastage and food prices?

Reducing food wastage should in theory reduce demand for food, thereby driving food prices down. However, there are a lot more factors involved here (for example, the reduction in price of a product x ...
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Is soil exhaustion rational?

I was talking with friends about soil exhaustion in agriculture. They tell me that it is very frequent because of the methods employed in modern agriculture. They suggest that this amount of ...
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Analyzing Farm Bureau's claim that milk prices would double at the retail level if all the illegals were deported

A 2015 article on the Farm Bureau's website states: Half of all workers on U.S. dairy farms are immigrants, and the damage from losing those workers would extend far beyond the farms, nearly ...
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When countries industrialise, why do jobs from agriculture shift to manufacturing?

This is a historical trend whether it may 18th century Britain or 19th century America or what's currently happening in China. What I am confused is by the fact that manufacturing jobs such as ...
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Is there any index which relates population growth rate with food production growth rate?

I would like to know if there is an index which shows if food production growth is keeping pace with population growth worldwide. I know there are population growth rates available, for example for ...
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Why do co-ops dominate in certain markets rather than more-conventional enterprises?

Why do co-ops dominate in certain markets rather than more-conventional enterprises? For example, the US dairy processing market seems to be dominated co-ops like Land'O Lakes and Dairy Farmers of ...
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Why does the European Union give subsidies to farmers?

According to neoclassical economics, subsidies are a solution to correct for the existence of externalities in consumption or production. What is the economic rationale/justification for such ...
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How do I calculate the impact of an independent variable on a dependent var. when the independent var. changes from 0 to some positive value?

I will try to explain my question using two production functions here. Let $Y$ = Yield of a certain crop (tons/hectare) Assume yield (output) is a function of two inputs, $Y = f(N,I)$, where $N$ = ...
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Why is it that poverty incidence is high in the agricultural sector?

I read this article earlier, and the "experts" there say: "The incidence of poverty is very high in agriculture because of its low productivity." "The incidence of poverty is very high in ...
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How does one interpret the usda wholesale market price reports?

For example: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/nx_fv010.txt The data for mangos is : MANGOES: MARKET STEADY. flats 1 layer HT Francis (Francine) 9s 11.00 10s 12.00 12s 10.00-12.00 MX Keitt 7s 5.00-...
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Understanding Options Quotes

Below is a picture of today's Rough Rice Options Quote. I would like to understand how to interpret the information in the table below. Firstly, with regards to the future contract we see that it ...
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Calculating the cost of a year without land-tilling

The motivation to this question is the Biblical commandment of Sabbatical year, in which the land should be allowed to rest and should not be cultivated. I am trying to estimate how much would it cost ...
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Effect of Strengthening US Dollar on Commodities

Many commodities are prices in US dollars. If the Dollar strengthens, then commodities (in non-US countries) will become more expensive. From the consumers' (suppliers') point of view, this should be ...
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Futures Market Books

Are there any recommendation for futures market or commodity trading books? I am not interested in trading myself, but would like to have a better understanding of it for my research.
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Why is the term structure curve of agricultural commodities often downward sloping?

I have retrieved the below term structure curve for livestock (lean hogs) from Bloomberg and noticed that it is inverted. I have a vague intuition that this has to do with the storage costs and ...
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Was factory beef farming (in the USA) the result of government-subsidized corn?

In The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan writes that industrial beef farming, in the form of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), is dependent on low corn prices for its cost-effectiveness....