ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND THE SHAPING OF PUBLIC POLICY: A 1995 FARM BILL PERSPECTIVE

The 1995 Farm Bill debate proved different than many economists expected. It was overwhelmingly budget-driven. Few early concerns about the role of government, efficiency, equity, competitiveness, environment, rural development, and food were addressed. Economic analysis played a different role than anticipated. Models of who and how farm policy is made proved misleading; the debate circumvented the traditional process. Economic models were used more to perform budget accounting than substantive analysis. And their substantive analyses often failed to capture the attention of policymakers. Hence, while a reformist economist's dream, the bill leaves as many issues unanswered as it addresses.


Issue Date:
1996-07
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/15240
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 28, Number 1
Page range:
12-23
Total Pages:
12




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