Pricing Policy under Double Market Power: Madagascar and the International Vanilla Market
This paper uses a price-leadership model of the international vanilla market to study the welfare consequences of alternative pricing policies for Madagascar, the leader, that also controls domestic production through a single-channel marketing system. Econometric estimates of the model are used for simulations of welfare and revenue changes and internal redistribution of income. Results indicate that Madagascar could have gained between 0.9% and 2.6% of GDP per year on average over the period 1981-91 by following optimal pricing policies, and that producers were overtaxed suggesting that political economy considerations played a role in the pricing decisions. Copyright 2000 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Volume (Year): 4 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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