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Magrini E.,Food and Agriculture Organization FAO United Nations | Montalbano P.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Nenci S.,Third University of Rome | Salvatici L.,Third University of Rome
American Journal of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2017

Using the World Bank database "Distortions to agricultural incentives," this paper analyzes the impact that agricultural (dis)incentives have on food security for a wide sample of countries over the 1990-2010 period. We adopt a continuous treatment approach applying generalized propensity score matching to reduce potential biases stemming from differences in observed country characteristics. The results provide strong evidence of self-selection and heterogeneous food security impacts at different levels of policy intensity. Estimates of the dose-response functions show that both discrimination against agriculture and large support for it lead to poor performance in the availability, access, and utilization dimensions of food security. © The Authors 2017.

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