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North American Integration In Agriculture: A Survey Paper

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  • Doan, Darcie
  • Goldstein, Andrew
  • Zahniser, Steven
  • Vollrath, Thomas L.
  • Bolling, H. Christine

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This paper surveys the economic literature about North American integration in the agri-food sector. The purpose of this survey is two-fold: it summarizes the lessons learned, and it identifies areas where further research could provide valuable input into policy discussions. As the integration of North American agriculture progresses, the range of agri-food policies with strictly domestic effects becomes increasingly narrow. Thus, policymakers in North America need to consider the effects that their decisions will have on other NAFTA countries, as well as the impact that decisions by other NAFTA governments will have at home. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 identifies the major factors contributing to integration and comments on their relative importance. Section 3 summarizes research into the indicators of integration. These studies focus on price co-movements and trade flow data. Section 4 outlines the state of current knowledge regarding foreign direct investment in the agri-food sector, while Section 5 assesses the impact of integration on the structure and performance of the sector. Section 6 discusses opportunities for further integration in the sector, and Section 7 concludes the paper. Throughout the paper, gaps in the knowledge base are highlighted, along with suggested areas for further research.

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Paper provided by Farm Foundation in its series North American Agrifood Integration: Situation and Perspectives, May 2004, Cancun, Mexico with number 16730.

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  1. Susanto, Dwi & Rosson, C. Parr, III & Adcock, Flynn J., 2007. "Market Integration in the North American Onion Markets: An Empirical Analysis Using Panel Data," 2007 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2007, Mobile, Alabama 34897, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  2. Dwi Susanto & C. Parr Rosson & Flynn J Adcock, 2008. "Market integration and convergence to the law of one price in the North American onion markets," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(2), pages 177-191.
  3. Nardella, Michele & Boccaletti, Stefano, 2005. "The NAFTA Agreement and Market Integration Among Canada, US and Mexico: The Role of Non-Tariff Measures," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19347, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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