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Category: General posts

30.01.2014

New CAP - new editor

I have quit CAP work, and economics more generally. My thanks go to all those who have followed this site and with whom I had the pleasure to collaborate in the past.

I would be glad to hand over this site to a professor who supports bold CAP reform in line with the declarations posted on this site. Please contact me via email if you are interested.

(And please do not contact me with any questions about the CAP anymore.)

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Category: General posts

17.02.2011

Expert knowledge and policy reform: Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel's rejoinder to Jean-Marc Boussard

Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, Professor at the University of Göttingen, says that models are like maps: they are never entirely realistic but help us find the way. In the case of the post-2013 CAP, the reform path does not even depend on the traditional models because the main issue is not greater market orientation.

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Category: Studies

09.02.2011

Direct Payments in the CAP post 2013

Stefan Tangermann (2011).

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Category: General posts

28.01.2011

A comment on the ‘Guide to the CAP reform politics’ by Jean-Marc Boussard

Jean-Marc Boussard is a former director of the French agricultural research institute INRA and highly experienced in models of agriculture that incorporate uncertainty. Reacting to the recent ‘Guide to the CAP reform politics’, he raises important questions about what economists really know about agriculture and what kind of recommendations they can give with sufficient certainty. Readers are welcome to contribute short comments or longer responses (1-3 pages) in this debate that will be posted on this blog.

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Category: Studies

27.01.2011

A Guide to CAP Reform Politics: Issues, Positions and Dynamics

Valentin Zahrnt (ECIPE), 2011.

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Category: General posts

19.01.2011

Cioloş hearing at the House of Commons

On 13 January, Dacian Cioloş gave testimony to the UK Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on CAP reform. Here is what he said.

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Category: General posts

13.01.2011

Food security seminar

Does the EU need agricultural tariffs and subsidies to ensure its food security? The food price surges in 2007/08 and the 2010 spike in wheat prices have pushed this question into the headlines. In December 2010, the FAO food price index even exceeded its 2008 peak.

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Category: Studies

13.01.2011

Food Security and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy: Facts Against Fears

Valentin Zahrnt, ECIPE (2011).

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Category: Studies

07.01.2011

Alternative Allocation Keys for EU CAP Funding

Cao, Y., Elliott, J., Moxey, A. and Zahrnt V. (2010).

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Category: General posts

21.12.2010

The long-term ineffectiveness of transfers: the trillion € waste

Since the beginning of OECD calculations in 1986, EU agricultural policies have transferred about €2.5 trillion from taxpayers and consumers to farmers. If an interest rate of 5% is assumed (a conservative figure compared to the social returns from investments in education and research), the present value of these transfers rises to about €5 trillion. If the agricultural subsidies and tariffs between 1957 and 1985 were added, for which no OECD data exists, we would get two-digit trillion numbers. But this money does not raise farm wages in the long run.

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At your fingertips

CAP reform in a nutshell the case for CAP reform on one page
Can you believe it? The CAP at its worst examples of mind-boggling subsidies
The Single Farm Paymentexcellent critique by Stefan Tangermann
Expert Declaration on CAP reform one-page summary
CAP visions by reform-oriented stakeholders
Key data on the CAP expenditure for the main instruments
Who pays for farm income support?
member states net contributions