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Farmers' Subjective Valuation of Subsistence Crops: The Case of Traditional Maize in Mexico

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  • Aslihan Arslan
  • J. Edward Taylor
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    Shadow prices guide farmers' resource allocations, but for subsistence farmers growing traditional crops, shadow prices may bear little relationship with market prices. We econometrically estimate shadow prices of maize using data from a nationally representative survey of rural households in Mexico. Shadow prices are significantly higher than the market price for traditional but not improved maize varieties. They are particularly high in the indigenous areas of southern and southeastern Mexico, indicating large de facto incentives to maintain traditional maize there

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    Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1457.

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    Length: 44 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1457

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    Keywords: Shadow prices; non-market values; supply response; traditional crops; onfarm; conservation; Mexico;

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