Nafta And U.s. Corn Subsidies: Explaining The Displacement Of Mexico’s Corn Farmers

Discussion in 'Economics' started by bigarrow, May 3, 2010.

  1. A view of how our policies may have affected the influx of illegal's from Mexico. An economic view.

    he paper’s underlying hypothesis is that American corn subsidies, which led to the flooding of Mexican markets with American corn following the signing of NAFTA, is the primary factor responsible for the post-1994 internal displacement of rural farmers in Mexico. The trade agreement effectively eliminated all trade barriers and placed Mexico’s domestically produced corn in direct competition with highly subsidized corn imported from the United States. Consequently, Mexican corn farmers, who comprise the majority of the country’s agricultural sector, experienced drastic declines in the domestic price of their product and thus faced increasing difficulties to attain a sustainable living. Hence, we observe high levels of migration into Mexico’s cities in the latter half of the 1990’s, and the beginning of the 21st century, as these displaced farmers abandoned their previous livelihood in search of employment.

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  2. We "flood" them with corn. They flood us with drugs. Does it really seem "fair"? :confused: