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Welfare impacts of seasonal maize price fluctuations in Malawi 

First release: February 19, 2024

Maize prices in Malawi fluctuate throughout the year, impacting both sellers and buyers. Using maize market price data and integrated household survey, we assess welfare impacts of seasonal maize price fluctuations. Our analysis shows that stable prices yield modest social surplus gains annually but notably decrease hunger during the lean season. The paper discusses policy measures for price stabilization to mitigate fluctuations.

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A vendor selling maize in one of the markets in Malawi

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