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Pricing policy under Double Market Power: Madagascar and the International Vanilla Market

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  • Jaime MELO DE

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    (Université Genève)

  • OLARREAGA
  • TAKACS

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This paper uses a price leadership model of the international vanilla market to study the welfare consequences of alternative pricing policies for Madagascar, the leader in the vanilla market, that also controls domestic production through a single-channel marketing system. Econometric estimates of the model are used for simulations of welfare and revenue gains and losses and internal redistribution of income from alternative pricing policies. The results indicate that Madagascar could have gained between 0.9 to 2.6 percent of GDP per year on average over the period 1981-91 by following optimal pricing policies, and that producers were overtaxed suggesting that political economy considerations played a role in the pricing decisions.

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Paper provided by CERDI in its series Working Papers with number 199617.

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Length: 20
Date of creation: 1996
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Publication status: Published in Review of Development Economics, February 2000, pages 1-20
Handle: RePEc:cdi:wpaper:22

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  1. Rakotoarisoa, Manitra A. & Shapouri, Shahla, 2001. "Market power and the pricing of commodities imported from developing countries: the case of US vanilla bean imports," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 25(2-3), pages 285-294, September.
  2. Morisset, Jacques, 1997. "Unfair trade? Empirical evidence in world commodity markets over te past 25 years," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1815, The World Bank.

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