The distributional effect of the rice policy in Japan, 1986-2010

Daisuke Takahashi*

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This study aims to evaluate the distributional effect of the governmental rice policy in Japan on producers, consumers, and government expenditures from 1986 to 2010 using a partial equilibrium model. Policy measures include government purchase of rice, output payment, and acreage control. The simulation result shows that acreage control has been the principal policy measure for transferring income to producers, especially since the enforcement of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. Acreage control is the policy measure with the lowest total efficiency and highest budgetary efficiency. This result implies that the government's goal of transferring income to producers with minimum government cost has been achieved through a combination of policy measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-689
Number of pages11
JournalFood Policy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Japan
  • Partial equilibrium
  • Policy efficiency
  • Rice policy
  • Welfare analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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