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Measuring International Competitiveness in the Beef Sector


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  • Hayes, Dermot J.
  • Green, John R.
  • Jensen, Helen H.
  • Erbach, Adrienne


Beef is a heterogenous commodity, which makes it difficult to compare beef prices on an international level. This article evaluates several methods of comparing beef prices for use in measuring both comparative advantage and the rate of protection. The most suitable method is one that compares the prices of wholesale cuts, adjusted for transportation costs.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 472.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1991
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Publication status: Published in Agribusiness: An International Journal, July 1991, vol. 7 no. 4, pp. 357-374
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:472

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Postal: Iowa State University, Dept. of Economics, 260 Heady Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1070
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  1. Parcell, Joseph L. & Schroeder, Ted C. & Kastens, Terry L., 1998. "The Effects Of Meat Exports And Imports On Wholesale Primal Prices," 1998 Annual meeting, August 2-5, Salt Lake City, UT 20898, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Buhr, Brian L. & Kim, Hanho, 1997. "Dynamic adjustment in the US beef market with imports," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 17(1), pages 21-34, October.
  3. Jensen, Helen H. & Voigt, Steven W. & Hayes, Dermot J., 1995. "Measuring International Competitiveness in the Pork Sector," Staff General Research Papers 838, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  4. Dyck, John H. & Nelson, Kenneth E., 2003. "Structure Of The Global Markets For Meat," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33701, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  5. Lyford, Conrad P. & Welch, J. Mark, 2004. "Measuring Competition For Textiles: Does The U.S. Make The Grade?," 2004 Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2004, Tulsa, Oklahoma 34616, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  6. Buhr, Brian L. & Kim, Hanho, 1997. "Dynamic adjustment in the US beef market with imports," Agricultural Economics: The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 17(1), October.


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