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Type Report
Title Agricultural prices and income distribution among farmers: a whole-household, multi-country, multi-year analysis
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
URL http://econpapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:aaea09:49314
Recent studies have emphasized that the poorest farmers are often net buyers of key commodities and therefore harmed by rising prices. We use LSMS data from Tanzania, Vietnam and Guatemala to test the degree of net purchases or sales by income level. We find that poorer farmers may be net buyers of individual crops, but only the poorest are net buyers of all crops. More generally, net sales among poor farmers are low. We conclude that agricultural price changes have a diverse but limited influence on poor farmersâ?? welfare, because their farm sales tend to be offset by food purchases.

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