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The Consumer Support Estimate (CSE) is an indicator of the annual monetary value of gross transfers to (from) consumers of agricultural commodities, measured at the farm gate (first consumer) level, arising from policy measures which support agriculture, regardless of their nature, objectives or impact on consumption of farm products.

The CSE includes explicit and implicit transfers from consumers associated with: market price support on domestically produced consumption (transfers to producers from consumers); transfers to the budget and/or importers on the share of consumption that is imported (other transfers from consumers). It is net of any payment to consumers to compensate them for their contribution to market price support of a specific commodity (consumer subsidy from taxpayers); and the producer contribution (as consumers of domestically produced crops) to the market price support on crops used in animal feed (excess feed cost). When negative, transfers from consumers measure the implicit tax on consumption associated with policies to the agricultural sector. Although consumption expenditure is increased/reduced by the amount of the implicit tax/subsidy, this indicator is not in itself an estimate of the impacts on consumption expenditure.

The percentage CSE is the ratio of the CSE to the total value of consumption expenditure on commodities domestically produced, measured by the value of total consumption (at farm gate prices) minus budgetary support to consumers (consumer subsidies). The nomenclature and definitions of this indicator replaced the former Consumer Subsidy Equivalent as from 1999.

Source Publication:
Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: Monitoring and Evaluation 2000: Glossary of Agricultural Policy Terms, OECD.

Cross References:
Producer Support Estimate (PSE)

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Agricultural policy indicators

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013