Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Journal or Book Title
Contemporary Economic Policy
First Page or Article ID Number
The article analyzes the welfare cost of the U.S. sugar program using a multimarket model of U.S. sweetener markets. The latter includes raw crops, sugar extraction and refining, and sweetener users (food-processing industries and final consumers). The authors address the industrial organization of food industries using sweeteners and treat the United States as a large importer. With the removal of the program, this article estimates (all figures in 1999 dollars) that in 1998 cane growers, sugar beet growers, and processors would have lost $307, $650, and $89 million, respectively; sweetener users would have gained $1.9 billion. World prices would have increased by 13.2%. The deadweight loss of the program is estimated at $532 million.
F13, Q17, Q18
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Beghin, John; El Osta, Barbara; Cherlow, Jay R.; and Mohanty, Samarendu, "The Cost of the U.S. Sugar Program Revisited" (2003). Economics Publications. 285.