The Agricultural Invasion and the Political Economy of Agricultural Trade Policy in Belgium, 1875-1900

38 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2014

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Maarten Van Dijck

Flemish Heritage Agency; Hasselt University

Tom Truyts

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB); Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis à Bruxelles; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

After 1875, cheap grain from the United States and Russia flooded the European markets. Many countries like Germany, France, and Sweden turned to agricultural trade protection, while others, like the UK and Denmark, held on to a free trade position. Belgium adopted a middle position, leaving its grain markets open but protecting animal husbandry, dairy production, and the processing of foodstuffs. The econometric analysis of the votes of Belgian Members of Parliament on four proposals to install protectionist measures on agricultural trade seeks to identify which economic or political interests explain the Belgian policy option.

Suggested Citation

Van Dijck, Maarten and Truyts, Tom, The Agricultural Invasion and the Political Economy of Agricultural Trade Policy in Belgium, 1875-1900 (January 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2378740 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2378740

Maarten Van Dijck (Contact Author)

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Tom Truyts

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

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