How coupled are decoupled farm payments? a review of the evidence

Arathi Bhaskar, John C. Beghin

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This survey paper explores the literature on decoupling of farm programs that has emerged in the last 10 years. The paper identifies and assesses the various channels of potential coupling of decoupled farm payments and provides a taxonomy of coupling mechanisms found in theoretical and empirical papers. Coupling of decoupled payments is pervasive but effects when measurable are small, with the exception of the impact on land values. The paper points to unresolved issues on potential coupling mechanisms for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-153
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Agricultural policy
  • Decoupled
  • Decoupling
  • Farm payment programs
  • Program subsidies
  • Support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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