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A Note on the Theory of Price Determination in the Australian Beef Market


  • Reeves, G.W.
  • Longmire, James L.


The view is taken that institutional factors operating in the international beef market limit the usefulness of a competitive spatial equilibrium model for understanding the process of price formation in the Australian beef market. A simple theoretical model is developed to demonstrate the impact of the U.S. beef quota and Australia's meat export control scheme on Australian beef prices. It is argued that Australian beef prices are related to the weighted average of export prices rather than any "world" price. Implications for the direction and volume of Australia's beef exports are discussed.

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  • Reeves, G.W. & Longmire, James L., 1982. "A Note on the Theory of Price Determination in the Australian Beef Market," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 50(01), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:12294

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    1. John W. Freebairn & Fred H.G. Gruen, 1977. "Marketing Australian Beef And Export Diversification Schemes," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 21(1), pages 26-39, April.
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    1. Dries, Mark A. & Unnevehr, Laurian J., 1990. "Influence of trade policies on price integration in the world beef market," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 4(1), pages 73-89, April.
    2. Martin, S.K. & Zwart, A.C., 1987. "Marketing Agencies And The Economics Of Market Segmentation," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 31(03), December.


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