Title: The EU Budget Battle: Assessing the Trade and Welfare Impacts of CAP Budgetary Reform
Citation: FOOD POLICY vol. 51 p. 119-130
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC91705
ISSN: 0306-9192
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306919215000056
DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.01.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: There is a paucity of quantitative impact assessments of the sectorial and macroeconomic impacts of CAP budget reform for EU member states. To fill this gap, the current study employs a sophisticated agricultural variant of the GTAP model to evaluate the recently agreed CAP spending limits for the financial period 2014-2020 as well as a more radical 50% cut to the CAP budget proposed by the UK government. The study incorporates methodological innovation in terms of the modelling of CAP budgetary mechanisms. Furthermore, official EU auditing statistics are employed to (i) greatly improve the existing representation of agricultural support payments in the GTAP benchmark data and (ii) implement a detailed contemporary CAP baseline for member states to capture both the decoupled/coupled split of support payments and the distribution of support across both 'pillars'. In general, CAP expenditure cuts have muted impacts on EU and world agricultural markets; whereas changes in net transfer payments have implications for real income and macro trade balances in EU member states. This observation is particularly pertinent when assessing conciliatory reductions in the UK rebate in exchange for deeper CAP budget cuts.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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