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Seasonal Cycles in European Agricultural Commodity Prices

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  • Jumah, Adusei

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria and Department of Economics, University of Vienna, Austria)

  • Kunst, Robert M.

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria and Department of Economics, University of Vienna, Austria)

Abstract

This paper explores the seasonal cycles of European agricultural commodity prices. We focus on three food crops (barley, soft and durum wheat) and on beef. We investigate whether seasonality is deterministic or unit-root stochastic and whether seasonal cycle for specific agricultural commodities have converged over time. Finally, we develop time-series models that are capable of forecasting agricultural prices on a quarterly basis. Firstly, we find that seasonal cycles in agricultural commodity prices are mainly deterministic and that evidence on common cycles across countries varies over agricultural commodities. The prediction experiments, however, yield a ranking with respect to accuracy that does not always match the statistical in-sample evidence.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 192.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:192

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Keywords: Seasonal cycles; Seasonal unit roots; Forecasting; Agricultural commodities;

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