||The OECD and other institutions collect data on subsidies given to a range
of sectors for different purposes, using different accounting frameworks. Yet it
is possible to identify some common elements in subsidy measurement. The
various concepts, definitions and measurement of subsidies were reviewed in
the OECD Workshop on Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, and a start was
made on determining whether subsidies are harmful for the environment, or
their removal beneficial. The Workshop brought together around 100 subsidy
experts from OECD countries, research institutes, international and nongovernmental
organisations, delegates from OECD countries and OECD
This publication contains four of the key papers presented at the
Workshop, together with a summary of the Workshop outcomes. All of the
papers that were presented at the Workshop, including background papers on
measuring subsidies in different sectors and a stocktaking of available data on
subsidies, are available on the OECD website (http://www1.oecd.org/agr/ehsw).
A list of the papers is provided in Annex A to this report.