Title

The Impact of the U.S. Sugar Program Redux

Campus Units

Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2015

Journal or Book Title

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Volume

37

Issue

1

First Page or Article ID Number

1

Last Page

33

DOI

10.1093/aepp/ppu028

Abstract

We analyze the various welfare costs, transfers, trade, and employment consequences of the current U.S. sugar program for U.S. consumers, other sugar users, sugar refiners, cane and beet growing and processing industries, other associated agricultural sectors, and world markets. The removal of the sugar program would increase U.S. consumers' welfare by $2.9 to $3.5 billion each year and generate a modest job creation of 17,000 to 20,000 new jobs in food manufacturing and related industries. Imports of sugar containing products would fall dramatically, especially confectioneries substituting for domestic inputs under the sugar program. Sugar imports would rise substantially to 5–6 million short tons raw sugar equivalent. World sugar price increases would be minor, equivalent to about 1 cent per pound.

JEL Classification

Q17, Q18, F13

Comments

This working paper was published as Beghin, John C. and Amani Elobeid, "The Impact of the U.S. Sugar Program Redux," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 37 (2014): 1–33, doi:10.1093/aepp/ppu028.