Grain Market Integration in the Baltic Sea Region in the 19th Century
AbstractThis paper explores the development of market integration within the Baltic Sea region as well as between the region and England, from the early 1840s to around 1890. It exploits two new datasets on grain prices. The paper applies a new method for measuring market integration by combining a dynamic factor model with wavelet analysis. A gradual yardstick is suggested and the role of distance analyzed. Wheat and rye markets became highly integrated whereas the cheaper grains lagged. Integration progressed geographically and conclusions emphasize traded volumes and transport cost.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2014:3.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 11 Feb 2014
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Baltic Sea Region; grain prices; market integration; wavelet analysis; dynamic factor model;
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- N23 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
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