An allais measure of production sector waste due to quotas

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In this paper we adapt a partial equilibrium approach of Allais and Diewert to measure the efficiency loss in the producing sector due to quotas. The measure of waste is the additional profits available by reallocation subject to constraints that the welfare of persons and firms outside the sector is unaffected. It is relevant to a sector which faces fixed prices for some commodities, but endogenous prices for others. Tobacco quotas in the United States are estimated to have caused quota-induced producer sector waste of approximately $95 million per year during 1950–82, or about 3% of the average value of the crop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-874
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1995


  • Deadweight loss
  • Production sector
  • Quotas
  • Waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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