Economies of scale and endogenous market structures in international grain trade
AbstractThe paper develops a two-stage duopoly model in which market structure is endogenous, as it is the outcome of the first stage of the game. The model considers a private firm and a State Trading Enterprise (STE) competing on a foreign market; the most important difference between the private firm and the STE is that while the STE makes use of external agents to export, the private firm may choose to vertically integrate downstream when transaction costs are large enough with respect to fixed costs. The game is solved for different modes of competition and under different assumptions regarding both homogenous and differentiated products. The results show that external shocks on export markets affecting the relative values of transaction and fixed costs may result in a change in market structures. The degree of product differentiation and the assumed mode of competition significantly affect the relative values of transaction and fixed costs at which the market sructure changes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE) in its series Working Papers with number 04-2007.
Date of creation: Mar 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2009
Publication status: Published in Agricultural Economics 37 (2007) 277-291
Multinational firm; international grain trade; State Trading Enterprises;
Other versions of this item:
- Scoppola, Margherita, 2006. "Economies of Scale and Endogenous Market Structures in International Grain Trade," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25322, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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- NEP-ALL-2008-11-11 (All new papers)
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