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Domestic Market Integration

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  • Arvind Virmani

    (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations)

  • Surabhi Mittal

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The paper looks into the level of integration of commodity markets in India, across centres and states using consumer price data. It measures the extent to which domestic markets for goods in India are integrated, and recommends policy options to facilitate integration. The paper addresses questions : Are domestic markets for goods integrated across states? Has market integration increased over time? What are the policy options to facilitate integration? The paper tests the methodology proposed by Bradford and Lawrence (2004) on the consumer prices of goods in major states across India. This is then repeated using consumer price data at two points in time (1994 and 2004), allowing an assessment of whether Indian markets have integrated over time. Market integration is also tested for individual commodities across markets. The annual consumer prices for commodities were compiled from the Labour Bureau series of average monthly consumer prices of commodities for Industrial workers across 70 constituent centres in 18 states and monthly data was compiled from the Indian Labour Journal, a monthly publication from Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour Government of India. Authors are thankful to Labour Bureau, Shimla for providing data on consumer prices at the disaggregated level.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 22271.

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Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:eab:macroe:22271

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Keywords: Market Integration; Consumer Prices; Primary Food; Manufactured Goods; India;

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  1. Meyer, Jochen, 2004. "Measuring market integration in the presence of transaction costs--a threshold vector error correction approach," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 31(2-3), pages 327-334, December.
  2. Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg & Michael M. Knetter, 1997. "Goods Prices and Exchange Rates: What Have We Learned?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 35(3), pages 1243-1272, September.
  3. Bob Baulch, 1997. "Transfer Costs, Spatial Arbitrage, and Testing for Food Market Integration," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 79(2), pages 477-487.
  4. Scott Bradford & Robert Z. Lawrence, 2004. "Has Globalization Gone Far Enough: The Costs of Fragmented Markets," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 349.
  5. Michael M. Knetter & Matthew J. Slaughter, 1999. "Measuring Market-Product Integration," NBER Working Papers 6969, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Surabhi Mittal, 2007. "Can Horticulture be a Success Story For India?," Macroeconomics Working Papers 22226, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. Jha, A.K. & Singh, K.M. & Singh, R.K.P., 2013. "Wholesale Milk Markets: A Study of Market Integration in Indian Markets," MPRA Paper 47721, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 19 Jun 2013.
  3. Sanogo, Issa & Maliki Amadou, Mahamane, 2010. "Rice market integration and food security in Nepal: The role of cross-border trade with India," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 312-322, August.

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