Journal article

Exceptional Persistence, Drought and Drought Policy

Bill Malcolm, K larson

Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives | Melbourne School of Land and Environment | Published : 2010


Drought policy in Australia has a long history of being criticized for muddling means and ends, and for being inefficient and inequitable. The broad proposition of this paper is that analysing agricultural policy, such as drought policy, is likely to be more productive if analysts went further than the common approach of describing the situation as failure of markets, with the implication that once recognising this, government will implement efficiency‐oriented policy. Better can be done. Rather, defining the genuine benefits, costs and transfers, using a few simple figurings to estimate the magnitudes of benefits, costs and transfers, where possible, and making the results of the policy ben..

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