Public Goods Versus the Farm Price-Cost Squeeze: Shaping the Sustainability of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy

Bazyli Czyżewski , Anna Matuszczak , Radosław Miśkiewicz


There is a consensus that farmers are subject to farm price-cost squeeze (PCS) when commodity prices fall and costs of production rise long-term. Willard Cochrane was the first to examine this phenomenon, introducing the notion that farmers are on a market treadmill. PCS is still a principle economic problem in agriculture touching farms in all over the world. It results from flexible prices but also from monopsony structures where recipients of commodities seize the opportunity of suboptimal pricing. Many studies indicate increasing retail farm price spreads but this lacks empirical studies on the effects of different types of subsidies on PCS. This work attempted to model EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) impact on PCS using the Constant Elasticity of Substitution (CES) production function, specified as in most CGE models. However, the authors tested the assumption of flexible prices reacting to changes in productivity. This approach is novel, while supported with an input-output analysis used to precisely decompose price and volume (productivity) effects at the level of a FADN representative farm. The results help to shape CAP shedding light on the present treadmill mechanism and showing that provision of public goods may be a remedy for market imperfections, whereas decoupled payments have the opposite influence.
Author Bazyli Czyżewski (WE / KMiGŻ)
Bazyli Czyżewski,,
- Department of Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics
, Anna Matuszczak (WE / KMiGŻ)
Anna Matuszczak,,
- Department of Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics
, Radosław Miśkiewicz - Silesian University of Technology (PolSL), MNiSW [80]
Radosław Miśkiewicz,,
Journal seriesTechnological and Economic Development of Economy, ISSN 2029-4913, e-ISSN 2029-4921, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1
Keywords in Polishzrównoważony rozwój, środowiskowe dobra publiczne, polityka rolna, funkcja CES, wydajność
Keywords in Englishsustainable development, environmental public goods, agricultural policy, CES function, productivity
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 140.0, 16-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.244 (2) - 2017=2.794 (5)
Citation count*14 (2020-10-19)
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