Ajl, Max: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Development Sociology
Project Title: 
The Politics of Price Setting: Farmers, Industrialists, the State, and Market-Making in Modern Tunisia
Project Abstract: 
This project examines the social origins and developmental effects of pricing policies in Tunisia. It systematically analyzes the social roots of different pricing policies and their shifts over time. It also analyzes the socio-political origins of an array of state price-setting policies. Such policies include consumer and producer subsidies, as well as an array of input subsidies which affect both production, profit, and social reproduction.  The proposed research consists of several research questions to be answered through archival, quantitative, and qualitative research in Tunis, Tunisia. Three questions will be addressed:  1) How is state price setting shaped by the relationship among the groups? And how does the state perceive the groups and their relations? 2) How do the prices chosen shape production? 3) How do the prices chosen affect inclusion, well-being, and development? Who wins and who loses?