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The Economics of Biofuel Policies
Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets
The global food crises of 2008 and 2010 and the increased price volatility revolve around biofuels policies and their interaction with each other, farm policies and between countries. While a certain degree of research has been conducted on biofuel efficacy and logistics, there is currently no book on the market devoted to the economics of biofuel policies. The Economics of Biofuel Policies focuses on the role of biofuel policies in creating turmoil in the world grains and oilseed markets since 2006. This new volume is the first to put together theory and empirical evidence of how biofuel policies created a link between crop (food grains and oilseeds) and biofuel (ethanol and biodiesel) prices. This combined with biofuel policies role in affecting the link between biofuels and energy (gasoline, diesel and crude oil) prices will form the basis to show how alternative US, EU, and Brazilian biofuel policies have immense impacts on the level and volatility of food grain and oilseed prices.
1. How Biofuel Policies Ushered in the New Era of High and Volatile Grain and Oilseed Prices 2. The Economics of Biofuel Policies: The Theory of Corn-Ethanol and Ethanol-Gasoline Price Links 3. Measures of Biofuel Policy Impact on Food Commodity Prices 4. A Forensic Analysis of the Food Commodity Price Boom of 2008 5. A Critique of the Literature analyzing Biofuel Policy and the 2008 Food Commodity Price Boom 6. The Economics of Developing Country Policy Responses and Biofuel Policies 7. An Enhanced Exposition of the Corn-Ethanol-Energy Price Linkages and Implications for Time Series Analysis of Biofuel Policy Impacts 8. The Impact of Biofuel Policies on Food Commodity Price Volatility 9. The Economics of Biodiesel and the Central Role of European Union\'s Policies 10. The Complex Structure of the US Biofuel Mandate: A Handbook 11. The Economics of Brazil\'s Sugarcane-Ethanol/Sugar Complex and Policies 12. The Interaction Effects Among Biofuels, Policies, and Countries 13. The Impact of Biofuel Policies in the Future: Some Concluding Remarks
"This book provides an excellent perspective of biofuel policies and their impact on commodity prices. It is well written and provides a notes section that is also a very good source of information on the ebbs and flows of biofuel policy. The list of references used in the book is a must have for individuals studying biofuel policy. We highly recommend this book to those interested in energy policy and its potential ties to agricultural markets." (Umama Rahman, Evan Markel and Burton C. English, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 61 (2), 2017)