Distributional Effects of Maize Price Increases in Malawi

Francesco Caracciolo, Luigi Cembalo, Alessia Lombardi, Gary Thompson

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In the wake of highly volatile world prices of staple commodities, we examine the impacts of increases in maize prices on various categories of households in Malawi. Using household-level data, changes in household income are calculated taking into account the net maize production status of the household and food price elasticities estimated from a censored demand system. While maize price increases have unequivocal deleterious effects on the incomes of urban households, rural households experience differential impacts. Net producing households in rural areas benefit from price increases with households above the poverty line obtaining proportionally higher incomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-275
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development


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