Discussion Paper

No. 2018-56 | July 17, 2018
Storage infrastructure and agricultural yield: evidence from a capital investment subsidy scheme

Abstract

In a developing economy, the availability of storage infrastructure is considered essential for two purposes; the reduction of post-harvest losses resulting in food shortage, and allowing for gains from inter-temporal trade due to potential arbitrage opportunities arising out of volatility in food grain prices. This paper provides empirical evidence on a lesser studied impact of storage infrastructure, viz, agricultural yield. The author exploits potentially exogenous variation generated by the intensity of access to a capital investment subsidy program for construction and renovation of rural godowns in India to identify causal effects of better storage on yield. He finds that the program led to an increase in rice yield by 0.3 tons per hectare, approximately a 20% increase compared to the baseline. A potential mediating channel for such an effect would be reduced storage costs facilitating better investments in productive inputs. As supportive evidence, the author finds that fertilizer consumption increased by 21% in response to the intervention.

JEL Classification:

Q12, Q18, O12, O13

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Somdeep Chatterjee (2018). Storage infrastructure and agricultural yield: evidence from a capital investment subsidy scheme. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2018-56, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2018-56


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