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Decoupled payments and agricultural policy reform in Korea

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  • Decoupled payments and agricultural policy reform in Korea
  • Lim, Song Soo
  • University of Minnesota


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Title Decoupled payments and agricultural policy reform in Korea
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Lim, Song Soo

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[Minneapolis, U.S.]:University of Minnesota

Date 2007-07
Pages 17
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Industry and Technology < Agriculture
Holding University of Minnesota

Abstract

Abolishing a nearly 50-year-old policy for rice price support, Korea adopted a new direct payment program in 2005. Making the transition to decoupled income payments has been governed by the need for operative and effective income safety nets and the WTO disciplines on domestic support. The program aims to deal with over-supply of rice while guarding against the threat of income insecurity. Integrated into a target price mechanism, the fixed and variable payments compensate part of farm income loss arising from adverse market conditions. Besides, the government launched a public stockholding measure to ensure food security. A review of previous studies highlights the fixed payment has no or at most minimal effects on production while the variable payment carries a fairly large effect on production. (The rest omitted)

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Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 29-August 1, 2007