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Sarris, Alexander

Overview
Works: 160 works in 371 publications in 2 languages and 3,564 library holdings
Genres: Forecasts  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Opponent, Author of introduction, Redactor
Classifications: HD9000.5, 382.41
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alexander Sarris
Economic policy and household welfare during crisis and adjustment in Tanzania by Alexander Sarris( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanzania is now the fourth poorest country in the world. Its economic development, since independence in 1961, has been characterized by a series of internal and external shocks that have tested the resilience of the economy, the stability of its institutions, and the tolerance and inventiveness of its people. This book presents information that will have profound implications for economic policy in Tanzania. Questioning earlier reports and conclusions, the authors reject official economic statistics as failing to give even a moderately accurate picture of economic developments. This study out
International agricultural trade : advanced readings in price formation, market structure, and price instability( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grotendeels theoretische beschouwingen met kwantitatieve methoden over het prijzenmechanisme en -beleid in de wereld
Ghana under structural adjustment : the impact on agriculture and the rural poor by Alexander Sarris( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and German and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Food security in Africa : market and trade policy for staple foods in Eastern and southern Africa by Alexander Sarris( Book )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The editors and contributors to this volume bring a variety of theoretical, analytical and informed case study approaches to bear on the African food security problem
Agricultural commodity markets and trade : new approaches to analyzing market structure and instability by Alexander Sarris( Book )

14 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book argues that the viability of many observed market and non-market interventions in agricultural products worldwide depends considerably on the underlying behavior of the relevant commodity markets. Many of these policies have had distortive impacts, resulting in much discussion and controversy in the context of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round of trade negotiations. Despite the long history of studies of commodity market behavior, a number of issues remain unresolved. The authors review a wide range of these issues and provide a survey of current methodological and empirical research to increase understanding of the nature of commodity markets. Price behavior and the reliability of different prediction methods are examined and the particular implications for commodity dependent developing countries are also highlighted.--Publisher's description
Incorporating uncertainty into planning of industrialization strategies for developing countries by Alexander Sarris( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The demand for commodity insurance by developing country agricultural producers : theory and an application to cocoa in Ghana by Alexander Sarris( )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sarris considers the benefit to agricultural producers of commodity price insurance that provides in every year--but in advance of the resolution of production and price uncertainty--a minimum price for a fixed or variable portion of production. Under the assumption that producers do not change their long term production and income diversification pattern, the author suggests a theoretical framework that leads to explicit formulas of the benefit in providing this type of insurance. He shows that this benefit depends not only on the actuarially fair insurance premium, but also on household-specific factors that depend on the attitudes to risk, the consumption smoothing parameters, and the household-specific exposures to income risks. The author applies the theoretical framework for Ghana, using the Ghana Living Standards Survey data to specify various classes of cocoa-producing households and monthly price data for both domestic and international prices, to formulate appropriate models for ascertaining price risks faced by producers. The author gives empirical estimates of the actuarially fair premium, and shows that they are smaller than market-based put option prices from organized exchanges. The overall benefit in providing minimum price insurance to households, however, turns out to be substantially higher than the actuarially fair premiums and the market-based put option prices. This is due to both the magnitude of the uncertainties facing the households, as well as their risk and consumption smoothing behavior. This paper--a product of Rural Development, Development Research Group--is part of a larger effort in the group to analyze mechanisms for risk mitigation in agriculture
World trade in fruits and vegetables : projections for an enlarged European Community by Alexander Sarris( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agricultural stabilization and structural adjustment policies in developing countries by Alexander Sarris( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guidelines for monitoring the impact of structural adjustment programmes on the agricultural sector by Alexander Sarris( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rural informal credit markets and the effectiveness of policy reform by Alexander Sarris( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agricultural taxation under structural adjustment by Alexander Sarris( Book )

9 editions published in 1994 in English and German and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of agricultural taxation and anti-agriculture bias in economic growth by Alexander Sarris( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study reviews the role of agricultural terms of trade in development and growth, whether or not at early stages of development agriculture should be taxed, and if policies should contain an anti-agriculture bias. It then reviews the ways in which anti-agriculture bias expresses itself in various countries.--Publisher's description
The evolving structure of world agricultural trade : implications for trade policy and trade agreements by Jamie Morrison( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The objective of this book is to highlight and analyze several factors impinging on future agricultural trade developments. These factors include rapidly changing food demand patterns arising from economic growth and associated urbanization; the level and nature of support and protection provided to agriculture in both developed and developing countries; the increasing prominence of technical regulations and private standards; the increasing levels of concentration in agricultural supply chains; and growing concerns regarding pressures on the scarce natural resources in light of climate change. The book seeks to improve the level of appreciation and understanding of these factors by collecting a series of contribution by academics and practitioners active in the field of agricultural trade and related policy. It sets the contexts for a discussion on trade policy intervention in the context of evolving structures, reviews evidence on trends in a number of the factors that will shape the evolution of global agricultural trade, and discusses how trade rules may need to be adapted to account for these evolving trends and to deal with the challenges.--Publisher's description
WTO rules for agriculture compatible with development by Jamie Morrison( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite the many discussions concerning the desirability of incorporating development dimensions into the current round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, there has been discussion concerning how these issues could be specifically incorporated in the Doha Round agreement. The purpose of this book is to present a discussion of how WTO trade rules relevant to agriculture can be structured in a manner compatible with the development and poverty alleviation objectives of developing countries. The papers were presented and debated during a two-day workshop held in Rome in February 2006, and revised according to comments received during the workshop.--Publisher's description
Medium-term prospects for agricultural commodities : projections to the year 2010( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The projections are used by national planning agencies, international research institutions, project missions and other organizations and enterprises requiring a world frame of reference for national agricultural commodity policy and investment strategies. The unique feature of the FAO projections is to provide details of production, consumption and trade for individual commodities and countries that are generally not available elsewhere
Optimal adaptive control methods for structurally varying systems by Alexander Sarris( )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem of simultaneously identifying and controlling a time-varying, perfectly-observed linear system is posed. The parameters are assumed to obey a Markov structure and are estimated with a Kalman filter. The problem can be solved conceptually by dynamic programming, but even with a quadratic loss function the analytical computations cannot be carried out for more than one step because of the dual nature of the optimal control law. All approximations to the solution that have been proposed in the literature, and two approximations that are presented here for the first time are analyzed. They are classified into dual and non-dual methods. Analytical comparison is untractable; hence Monte Carlo simulations are used. A set of experiments is presented in which five non-dual methods are compared. The numerical results indicate a possible ordering among these approximations
Rural household vulnerability and insurance against commodity risks : evidence from the United Republic of Tanzania( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report has two objectives. It assesses the nature and the extent of vulnerability among rural households in Tanzania with a particular focus on smallholder cash crop growers through exploring all risks, including the decline in commodity prices. It further explores the potential role for market based insurance schemes such as commodity price and weather based insurance to mitigate household vulnerability. The empirical analysis is based on two rounds of specifically designed representative surveys of farm households in Kilimanjaro and Ruvuma, two cash crop growing regions in the United Republic of Tanzania in 2003 and 2004. The contrasting experiences of a richer (Kilimanjaro) and a poorer (Ruvuma) region substantially enriches the policy guidance emerging from the report."--Publisher's description
Agriculture and poverty in commodity-dependent African countries : a rural household perspective from the United Republic of Tanzania by Alexander Sarris( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report explores how farm productivity affects poverty, and how various factor market constraints affect farm productivity. The empirical analysis draws on representative surveys of farm households in Kilimanjaro and Ruvuma, two cash crop growing regions in the United Republic of Tanzania. Findings show that agricultural productivity directly affects household consumption and hence overall poverty and welfare. Analysis of allocative efficiency suggests that family labor is substantially overutilized, a sign of considerable excess labor supply. Use of intermediate inputs, on the other hand, is well below what is commensurate with the estimated value of their marginal productivities. An important reason for low input use is lack of credit to purchase inputs, but difficult access to the inputs themselves and, more broadly, a lack of connectivity to the economy, are also important impediments.--Publisher's description
Non-distorting farm support to enhance global food production by Alexander Sarris( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recent world food crisis highlighted the critical issue of global food security and the need to enhance global agricultural production capacity to meet current and future food demand. Increased investment in agriculture and adequate incentives to farmers are required to meet this global challenge. Developed countries provide support to farmers to increase farm income, reduce income variability, improve competitiveness of the agricultural sector, and provide for safe and quality food. Many farm support policies stimulate domestic production, but also create distortions in world markets, inducing disincentives in developing countries' agricultural production in the long run. These distortions have been the object of considerable debate within the World Trade Organization agreement on agriculture. This book provides a review of farm support in high income countries, and explores options for reshaping such farm support in a non-distortionary manner. It also addresses the responses needed in developing countries to ensure a long term and sustained faster growth in their agricultural sectors, enhanced food production, rising rural incomes, and lower poverty.--Publisher's description
 
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Food security in Africa : market and trade policy for staple foods in Eastern and southern Africa
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Agricultural commodity markets and trade : new approaches to analyzing market structure and instabilityThe evolving structure of world agricultural trade : implications for trade policy and trade agreementsWTO rules for agriculture compatible with developmentRural household vulnerability and insurance against commodity risks : evidence from the United Republic of Tanzania
Alternative Names
Alexander H. Sarris Agrarwissenschaftler - Tätig bei der Internat. Economics Div., Economic Research Service, United States Dep. of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, DC, USA

Alexander H. Sarris Amerikaans landbouwkundige

Alexander H. Sarris professeur d'économie, Université d'Athènes, président du conseil d'administration, Center of planning and economic research (KEPE), Athènes (en 1987), directeur de la division commerce et marchés à l'Organisation des Nations Unies

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Languages
English (163)

German (3)