A Caltech Library Service

Patterns of Market Intervention in Agrarian Africa

Bates, Robert H. (1982) Patterns of Market Intervention in Agrarian Africa. Social Science Working Paper, 456. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

[img] PDF (sswp 456 - Nov. 1982) - Submitted Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


This paper summarizes recent interpretations of government behavior toward agriculture in Africa and seeks to assess their credibility through empirical testing. With respect to food crops, governments are seen as intervening on behalf of urban interests. For cash crops, they are viewed as manipulating prices in order to tax, both so as to collect public revenues and so as to redistribute purchasing power to the consumers of imports. Ideological preferences also influence government behavior.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:Published as Bates, Robert H. "Patterns of market intervention in agrarian Africa." Food Policy 8.4 (1983): 297-304.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords:Market intervention, Agricultural prices, Africa
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:456
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170926-150049232
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:81852
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
Deposited On:26 Sep 2017 23:15
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 18:47

Repository Staff Only: item control page