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Implications of Increased Regional Concentration and Oligopsonistic Coordination in the Beef Packing Industry

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  • Schroeter, John R.
  • Azzam, Azzeddine M.

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This article proposes an oligopsony pricing model for projecting the effects of increased concentration or oligopsonistic coordination in beef packing using simulation methods. The model combines an explicit behavioral theory of packing firms with an attempt to respect the regional scope of cattle procurement markets. Our results indicate less danger of falling cattle prices, as a result of increase packer concentration or coordination, than do results from conventional econometric studies.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 11109.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 1991
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Publication status: Published in Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, December 1991, vol. 16 no. 2, pp. 374-381
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11109

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  1. Schroeter, John R, 1988. "Estimating the Degree of Market Power in the Beef Packing Industry," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 70(1), pages 158-62, February.
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  3. Marion, Bruce W. & Geithman, Frederick E., 1994. "Concentration-Price Relations in Regional Fed Cattle Markets," Research Reports 25213, University of Connecticut, Food Marketing Policy Center.
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  13. Suzuki, Nobuhiro & Kaiser, Harry M. & Lenz, John E. & Forker, Olan D., 1993. "Evaluating U.S. Generic Milk Advertising Effectiveness Using An Imperfect Competition Model," Research Bulletins 123015, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
  14. Steiner, Bodo E., 2007. "Formal beef alliances and alignment challenges: issues in contracting, pricing and quality," Project Report Series 7709, University of Alberta, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.
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