Pulling the Plug on Monopoly Power: Reform for the Canadian Wheat Board
AbstractChange is in store for the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), which has the legal authority to purchase all Western Canadian wheat and barley produced for export and for domestic human consumption. The CWB defends the continuation of this legal authority on the premise that by selling together, Western Canadian farmers exert more market power in wheat markets and receive higher returns than they could if competing against each other. However, the declining global market share of Canadian wheat makes it increasingly unlikely that the CWB is able to exert market power: the CWB is a price taker in many markets. In the absence of strong evidence that the CWB is able to achieve its policy goal of higher returns to farmers because of the compulsory purchase of grains, its monopoly over Western Canadian wheat and most barley sales should be reconsidered with an eye to ending it.
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Length: 6 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, June 2011
Governance & Public Institutions; Canadian Wheat Board (CWB); monopoly;
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- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGR-2011-08-09 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ALL-2011-08-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-REG-2011-08-09 (Regulation)
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