A "Beyond WTO" Scenario for Swiss Agriculture: Consequences for Income Generation and the Provision of Public Goods

Huber, Robert; Häberli, Christian (2010). A "Beyond WTO" Scenario for Swiss Agriculture: Consequences for Income Generation and the Provision of Public Goods. In: , (ed.) Yearbook of Socioeconomics in Agriculture YSEA 2010 (pp. 361-400). Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarsoziologie (SGA)

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The conclusion of the Doha Round negotiations is likely to influence Swiss agricultural policy substantially. The same goes for a free trade agreement in agriculture and food with the European Communities. Even though neither of them will bring about duty-free and quota-free market access, or restrict domestic support measures to green box compatible support, both would represent a big step in that direction.
There is no empirical evidence on the effect of such a counterfactual scenario for Swiss agriculture. We therefore use a normative mathematical programming model to illustrate possible effects for agricultural production and the corresponding agricultural income. Moreover, we discuss the results with respect to the provision of public goods under the assumption of continuing green box-compatible direct payments. The aim of our article is to bring more transparency into the discussion on the effects of freer and less distorted trade on the income generation by a multifunctional agriculture.
The article will be organized as follows. In the first Section we specify the background of our study. In the second section, we focus on the problem statement and our research questions. In Section 3, we describe in detail a counterfactual scenario of “duty-free, quota-free and price support-free” agriculture from an economic as well as a legal perspective. Our methodology and the results are presented in Section 4 and 5 respectively. In Section 6, we discuss our results with respect to economic and legal aspects of multifunctional agriculture.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)


02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Häberli, Christian


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation




Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarsoziologie (SGA)




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Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:14

Last Modified:

20 Jan 2015 08:02

Uncontrolled Keywords:

WTO, sector modelling, Swiss agricultural policy




https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/3621 (FactScience: 207544)

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