Agricultural Price Policy and Parallel Markets

  • Max Spoor
Part of the Institute of Social Studies book series (ISSTH)


Agricultural price policy was one of the most important instruments of market intervention in Nicaragua under Sandinista rule. This chapter analyses its effect on agricultural producers and urban consumers, focusing on the development of the domestic grain market ruled by a two-tier price system during most of the 1980s. When the Nicaraguan economy suffered greatly from shortages as a result of being under siege, after the initial years of relative peace, the fragmentation of the food market was exacerbated and by the middle of the decade the whole food system was in severe crisis. It is argued here that agricultural price policy, together with the management and sectoral impact of key macro-prices, was of crucial importance in this process.


Exchange Rate Producer Price Price Policy Black Market Official Price 
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© Institute of Social Studies 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Spoor
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  1. 1.Agricultural and Development ProgrammeInstitute of Social StudiesThe HagueThe Netherlands

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