Title: Welfare Distribution between EU Member States through Different National Decoupling Options - Implications for Spain
Citation: Revista de Economía Agraria y Recursos Naturales vol. 6 no. 11 p. 109-137
Publisher: Asociación Española de Economía Agraria
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC34956
ISSN: 1578-0732
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34956
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In this paper an agricultural sector model is used to analyse welfare effects of different national implementation options of the CAP Reform 2003. It is shown that agricultural prices developed more favourable in a full premium decoupling scenario, since agricultural production declines more pronounced compared to a partial decoupling scenario. The use of the partial decoupling mechanism helps Member States to distribute income into less favoured areas but is not the optimal policy choice. However, if other Member States follow the same path of reform, a ‘prisoner’s dilemma’ will most likely be observed: partial decoupling appears as the preferred option for individual Member States, since high domestic production and high producer prices would be expected, but this would lead to welfare losses for consumers and taxpayers.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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