THE 1995 FARM BILL: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR ECONOMISTS

The 1994 congressional elections brought expectations of policy reform that extended to agriculture. This paper examines the role of economic analysis and how policymakers made use of it in developing the policies of the Agricultural Reconciliation Act, also known as the Freedom to Farm Act. Budget reduction pressures, other/secondary policy objectives, and a closed debate led to the system of fixed, declining payments to farmers that characterize an economist's solution, without the direct participation of economists, to interventionist government policy. Left unanswered are questions of political stability of the policy and whether the direct payments themselves are adequate or excessive.


Variant title:
1995 Farm Bill
Issue Date:
2000-07
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/15247
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 28, Number 1
Page range:
35-44
Total Pages:
10




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