Title: European Economic Integration and the Consequences for U.S. Agriculture
Published in: Working Papers Series
Author/s: James Gleckler, Bob Koopman, and Luther Tweeten*
The pace of political-economic change in former East Bloc nations of Europe defies accurate prediction. Some events such as more price-directed markets are predictable enough but integration of former East Bloc countries into the European Community remains a matter of speculation. Analysis indicates that the economics of agriculture favors acceptance by the European Community of members of the European Free Trade Association before former members of the. East Bloc. Analysis also indicates the considerable agricultural production potential of Central and East Europe will be unleased first by market-directed economies and later by integration with the EC — if the latter occurs. US consumers gain more than producers lose so the economic welfare of Americans is raised modestly.