The Effects of Food Policy on Cropping Patterns and Income Distribution in Rural Bihar

  • Blog Post Date 15 March, 2017
  • IGC Research on India
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Rohini Somanathan

Delhi School of Economics

Bihar is unusual among the Indian states in the extent to which it remains a rural economy; government food policy can have profound effects on the level and distribution of income in Bihar. The objective of the project is to understand and estimate the combined effects of two state policies related to production and distribution of food: the sharply rising minimum support prices offered to farmers to procure agricultural products, and the subsidized distribution of food grains through public distribution system. It  theoretically examined the different impact of these policies on the distribution of income.

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