Congresos y reuniones científicas
Poverty impacts of changes in the price of agricultural commodities Recent evidence from Argentina
La PLata
Congreso; Argentina Chapter of the Research Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP); 2013
Institución organizadora:
Centre for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (FCE-UNLP)
Argentina, like other land abundant countries, benefited greatly from the recent increase in the prices of agricultural commodities. However, and in despite of the benefits at the macro
level, with a large share of the population with low and medium-low incomes, the increase in agricultural commodities prices has the potential to hurt an important part of the population through a raise in the price of goods that explain an important share of households expenditures, especially those that constitute the food-basket. The exante evidence shows that this is expected to be the case. A less obvious channel, through changes in factor incomes would be more beneficial to the middle income households. The policy of export taxes implemented by the government appears to potentially have a limited effectiveness, while the elimination of the VAT on the consumption of food and beverages would be enough to compensate for most of the negative effects derived from the increase in the world price of agricultural commodities