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A Hedonic Price Analysis of Differentiated Products of Unknown Quality: Freshman Sire Stud Fees in the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry


  • Stowe, C. Jill
  • Ajello, Billy


Prices transmit information regarding the underlying quality of a product; when quality is unknown to both buyers and sellers, theory predicts that the same price should be charged for all products. However, in the Thoroughbred industry, difference fees are charged to breed to freshman sires, which are stallions of unknown quality standing their first season at stud. We find that stallion owners/ managers differentiate their products according to attributes which may predict offspring quality. A freshman sire’s own racetrack performance, standing in the state of Kentucky, and descending from a prominent sire line are found to be statistically and economically significant.

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  • Stowe, C. Jill & Ajello, Billy, 2010. "A Hedonic Price Analysis of Differentiated Products of Unknown Quality: Freshman Sire Stud Fees in the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 28(1), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:131185
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.131185

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    1. Hansen, Charlotte R. & Stowe, C. Jill, 2018. "Determinants Of Weanling Thoroughbred Auction Prices," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 50(1), pages 48-63, February.
    2. Bree L. DORITY & DAYNA LARREAU & Frank TENKORANG, 2016. "Hedonic Price Analysis Of Non-Barren Broodmares," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 18, pages 61-75, December.
    3. Hansen, Charlotte & Saghaian, Sayed, 2015. "Progeny? Performance? What really matters in a stud fee," 2015 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia 196876, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.


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