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Does capping direct payments make sense?

That 131,000 farms receive one-third of the direct payments budget cannot be justified.

Promoting rural jobs through the CAP

Using agricultural policy to create jobs has a clear opportunity cost which must be factored into decision-making.

CAP – out of the box thinking

RISE Foundation report argues for significant changes in the way the CAP budget is spent.

Does the Basic Payment make farmers lazy?

The Basic Payment may encourage some farmers to adopt an easy life, but it also facilitates efficiency-improving investment

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has worked as a consultant to the European Parliament, the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.