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Structural Change and Market Opening in Agriculture. CEPS EU-Turkey Working Papers No. 10, 1 September 2004

Cakmak, Erol H. (2004) Structural Change and Market Opening in Agriculture. CEPS EU-Turkey Working Papers No. 10, 1 September 2004. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Turkey is endowed with rich natural and human resources, but its agricultural sector never reached its potential because of the increasingly inefficient agricultural policies adopted since the late 1980s. However, an important reform was started in 2000-01, which has improved the incentive structure. After the reform of the CAP, EU and Turkish agricultural policies are now slowly converging. The principal remaining obstacles in Turkey will be the effective implementation of the new, EU-compatible, policy regime. Turkey has a comparative advantage in plant products that do not exhibit economies of scale and are relatively labour-intensive, i.e. fruits and vegetables Eliminating the existing border and non-tariff barriers to trade in agriculture would allow both sides to better exploit their comparative advantages. The models discussed here imply that an extension of the customs union agreement to agriculture would lead to substantial welfare benefits for both sides.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Turkey
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > agriculture policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EU-Turkey Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 40
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:44
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6767

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