Feeling of Relative Deprivation as a Driver for Higher Agricultural Subsidies

Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda

Abstract

Because people tend to compare themselves with others from their own surroundings, even a person rich in absolute terms can feel poor in relative terms, if people from their reference group are richer. This phenomenon is called relative deprivation. Farmers in developed economies claim to be poor, because they compare themselves not with farmers from poor economies, but rather with other members of their own society who work outside of agriculture and whose incomes are usually higher. Feeling relatively deprived, farmers in developed economies demand stronger financial support and act intensively to convince policymakers to support them. The main aim of this paper is to analyze the relation between relative deprivation of farmers and support for farmers in countries with different development levels. Results of this study prove that levels of support for farmers are positively related with the average level of relative deprivation of farmers dependent on the size of farmer groups. Hence the idea of relative deprivation might provide additional political explanation of different levels of support for farmers in countries with different development levels.
Author Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda (WE / KMiGŻ)
Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda,,
- Department of Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics
Journal seriesZeszyty Naukowe Szkoły Głównej Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego w Warszawie Problemy Rolnictwa Światowego, ISSN 2081-6960, (B 13 pkt)
Issue year2015
Vol15
No4
Pages156-165
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in PolishPolityka rolna, Wspieranie rolnictwa, Ekonomia polityczna, Dopłaty dla rolnictwa
Keywords in EnglishAgricultural policy, Agriculture support, Political economy, Payments for agricultural
URL http://www.wne.sggw.pl/czasopisma/pdf/PRS_2015_T15(30)_z4.pdf
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)13
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 13.0, 30-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 13.0, 30-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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