Peeling the Layers

Onions are an important crop for both farmers and consumers. The prices of onions fluctuate substantially, and both producers and consumers face uncertainty. When the prices of onions are high, the government of India implements a variety of export restrictions. This means that farmers are unable to sell their produce in the more lucrative international market. This report assesses the frequency of these restrictions, their quantitative impact, and the implications of trade policy uncertainty.