A Caltech Library Service

The Regulation of Rural Markets in Africa

Bates, Robert H. (1982) The Regulation of Rural Markets in Africa. Social Science Working Paper, 451. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

[img] PDF (sswp 451 - Oct. 1982) - Submitted Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


This paper argues that government policy in Africa tends to produce a harsh economic environment for the producers of agricultural products, and that a major effect may well be declines in agricultural production in that continent. Government bureaucracies control agricultural markets and set prices within them. Commercial policy is manipulated in ways that adversely affect the incomes of farmers. Pricing policies tend to be low price policies. A variety of pressures—some deriving from the need for taxes and foreign exchange; others from political pressures brought to bear by organized interests drive these policy choices. But the general result is a weakening of the incentives for agriculture.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
Additional Information:A Report Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:451
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170926-155953713
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:81861
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
Deposited On:26 Sep 2017 23:24
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 18:48

Repository Staff Only: item control page