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Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference


Elizabeth R. Bageant


Cornell University

Christopher B. Barrett


Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Erin Lentz


Cornell University

June 29, 2010

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
This paper uses an unprecedentedly rich data set to estimate the cost of agricultural cargo preference (ACP) restrictions on United States food aid programs, and to document some of the programs' competitiveness and national security impacts. ACP cost U.S. taxpayers $140 million in 2006, 46% more than competitive freight costs would have. This roughly equals the cost of non-emergency food aid to Africa. Furthermore, 70% of ACP vessels did not satisfy the criteria that deem them militarily useful, a large share were ultimately owned by foreign corporations, and no ACP vessel crew has been mobilized for national service.

Keywords: Food Aid, International Food Assistance, Maritime Support, PL480, Shipping

JEL Classification: O20, Q10

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Date posted: May 23, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Bageant, Elizabeth R. and Barrett, Christopher B. and Lentz, Erin, Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference (June 29, 2010). Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1845770

Contact Information

Elizabeth R. Bageant
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
Christopher B. Barrett (Contact Author)
Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management ( email )
315 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7801
United States
607-255-4489 (Phone)
607-255-9984 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://aem.cornell.edu/faculty_sites/cbb2/
Erin Lentz
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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