Freeing Up Food: The Ongoing Cost, and Potential Reform, of Supply Management

16 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2010

Date Written: April 8, 2010

Abstract

Government-mandated cartels in eggs, dairy and poultry products impose high costs on consumers and harm Canada’s standing in international trade. The authors offer compelling evidence of the high costs to Canadian consumers and limited benefits to farmers arising from the supply management system. The study recommends phasing out Canada’s controversial supply management system through sales of new quota for the production and sale of these products.

Keywords: Governance and Public Institutions, Canadian agriculture, supply management policy, agricultural production quotas

JEL Classification: Q11, Q18

Suggested Citation

Robson, William B. P. and Busby, Colin, Freeing Up Food: The Ongoing Cost, and Potential Reform, of Supply Management (April 8, 2010). C.D. Howe Institute . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1590437 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1590437

William B. P. Robson (Contact Author)

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Colin Busby

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

67 Yonge St., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1J8
Canada

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