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Guest Lecture: Professor Kym AndersonFifty Years of Distortions in World Agricultural Markets

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Slides from Professor Kym Anderson guest lecture presented on the 27th of March, 2008.

Professor Kym Anderson

George Gollin Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide

Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984.

Previously he was a Research Fellow in Economics at ANU's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), following undergraduate studies at the University of New England in Armidale (1967-70), part-time Masters studies at the University of Adelaide (1971-74) while working in the S.A. Department of Agriculture in Adelaide, and doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (1974-77). He has spent periods of leave at Korea's International Economics Institute (1979), Korea's Rural Economics Institute (1980-81 as Ford Foundation Visiting Fellow in International Economics), the Australian Department of Trade (1983), Stockholm University's Institute for International Economic Studies (1988), the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva (1990-92), and the Research Group of the World Bank in Washington DC (2004-07).


How have the extent and pattern of distortions to agriculture incentives (across countries, commodities, and policy instruments) changed over the past half-century? What explains the differences across counties in the timing and magnitude of their increases and decreases in national distortions? To what extent are current agriculture and trade policies affecting global agriculture markets and contribution to inequality between and within countries? and global, regional and national poverty?

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