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A Dynamic Model of Investment in the U.S. Beef-Cattle Industry

  • Foster, Kenneth A
  • Burt, Oscar R

Reproduction constraints lead to some a priori information that may prove valuable in econometrically modeling inventory dynamics within the U.S. cattle herd. The distributed-lag models estimated for animal inventories suggest an implicit incorporation of the age distribution of the herd that is crucial to understanding the retention/culling (investment) decisions. The estimated equations are validated using postsample observations that were withheld prior to estimation. The final-form dynamic equations have complex roots and protracted price and investment effects. The parameter estimates are used to calculate intermediate and long-run elasticities at the means of relevant variables.

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Article provided by American Statistical Association in its journal Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Volume (Year): 10 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 419-26

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