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Type Working Paper
Title The political economy of food price: The case of Ethiopia
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
URL https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/81066/1/735002746.pdf
Abstract
Food prices increased significantly in 2007–08 in Ethiopia due to several supply- and
demand-side factors. The Ethiopian government released emergency food grain reserves,
imported and distributed wheat at subsidized price, banned the export of staple cereals, and
removed value added and turnover taxes on food items. It also increased the reserve
requirement of commercial banks and reduced domestic borrowing by public enterprises.
These measures were mostly initiated by the government and the role of interest groups as
well as local and international actors has been limited. These measures were taken to prevent
potential social unrest and maintain macro-economic stability.

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