Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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This paper concerns the objective alignment of individuals' material interests into groupings for collective action, and how these groupings vary with economic structure and in response to previous periods' policy choices. It establishes analytically the microeconomic basis for coalition alignments with respect to food price policy, then numerically simulates the comparative static effects of alternative food policies on coalition structure. A parsimonious household model applied to a heterogeneously endowed society demonstrates the inherent inextricability of price policy from land, population, and technology policies in food agriculture. Moreover, coalition alignments on particular policy debates are path-dependent.
Barrett, Christopher B., "The Microeconomics of Coalition Alignments: Some Insights on Food Price Policy" (1995). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 50.