CLTS Working Paper on economy-wide effects in Malawi

The paper "Economy-wide effects of input subsidies in Malawi: Market imperfections and household heterogeneity" written by Sofie Waage Skjeflo and Stein T. Holden is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on economy-wide effects in Malawi


The paper is published as a CLTS Working Paper and can be downloadedhere.

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The potential benefits of providing subsidized inputs to farm-households in developing countries may reach well beyond the targeted households. More specifically, increased food production and demand for rural labor may benefit poor households through lower food p
rices and higher rural wages. However, two recent studies of a large input subsidy program in Malawi find that these effects are smaller than expected based on anecdotal evidence and previous studies using simulation models. 

In this paper we provide a potential explanation for this finding by using six farm-household programming models to show how market imperfections limit households' ability to take advantage of cheaper inputs. Our findings suggest that input subsidy programs could be combined with improved market infrastructure and market access in order to increase non-beneficiary households' benefits from input subsidies. 

Published 15. September 2014 - 14:03 - Updated 28. November 2016 - 10:22