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(Temporary?) decoupling of bad subsidies as an alternative to support Mexican fishers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Martinez Cruz, Adan (2020). (Temporary?) decoupling of bad subsidies as an alternative to support Mexican fishers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (S) > Dept. of Forest Economics, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. CERE Working Paper ; 2020:9
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As of April 21, 2020, the Mexican Federal administration has committed a one-time transfer of MXP 7,200 (USD 374) to 193,200 fishers to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount affords a 4-member rural household’s basic basket of goods during a month and a half. Fishers, however, most likely will need support for a longer period. In this document, we suggest that a decoupling of bad fisheries subsidies represents an alternative to efficiently redirect public funds towards relief support. If, for instance, only fuel subsidies were going to be decoupled, the one-time transfer committed by Federal authorities can be increased to afford a basic basket of goods during two additional weeks. Alternatively, the decoupled subsidy can reach 79,178 additional fishers. We highlight that a decoupling policy addresses suggestions made by international institutions to face economic impacts from COVID-19 without deviating from Sustainable Development Goals. This recommendation is particularly relevant for developing economies as sustainability is a criterion when accessing loans from international institutions. While this document focuses on the Mexican case, its insights are relevant for developing countries that are searching for alternatives to support their populations in facing COVID-19.

Authors/Creators:Martinez Cruz, Adan
Title:(Temporary?) decoupling of bad subsidies as an alternative to support Mexican fishers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Year of publishing :2020
Number:2020:9
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:Department of Economics, Umeå University
Language:English
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:COVID-19, Decoupling Fisheries Subsidies, SDG 14.6, Mexico
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105870
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105870
ID Code:17141
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:09 Jun 2020 06:51
Metadata Last Modified:09 Jun 2020 06:51

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