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Examining AWB’s market power in the international wheat market

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  • Chang, Hui-Shung (Christie)
  • Martel, William
  • Berry, Robert
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    The Australian wheat marketing system has been through a number of stages of deregulation in recent years. However, the AWB still maintains the monopoly selling rights of Australian wheat exports. The AWB and its supporters justify the single desk by arguing that the monopoly power enables them to gain a higher price in the export markets. Opposition to the single desk argues that Australia does not produce enough wheat to influence prices. The objective of this study is to test the market power hypothesis by examining the quantity - price relationship of Australian wheat exports and the stability of this relationship over time using annual data from 1961 to 2000.

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    Paper provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2003 Conference (47th), February 12-14, 2003, Fremantle, Australia with number 57843.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aare03:57843

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    Keywords: AWB; single desk; wheat marketing; national competition policy; Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries;

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    1. Carter, Colin A. & Wilson, William W., 1997. "Emerging differences in state grain trading: Australia and Canada," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 16(2), pages 87-98, May.
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    1. O'Keeffe, Patrick, 2014. "The Impact of Wheat Export Market Deregulation upon Wheat Growers in Victoria’s Western Wimmera," 2014 Conference (58th), February 4-7, 2014, Port Maquarie, Australia 165868, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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