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Inventory Constraints in a Dynamic Model of Imperfect Competition: An Application to Beef Packing

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  • Hunnicutt Lynn

    (Department of Economics, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA)

  • Aadland David

    (Department of Economics, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA)

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This paper incorporates inventory dynamics into a standard conjectural variations analysis of market power. Using a model which incorporates closed-loop equilibrium strategies, we show that measures of market power that ignore inventory dynamics are biased. We then apply the model to the beef-packing industry using annual data on cattle stocks, slaughter and prices from 1933-1999. Our estimates suggest that static measures overestimate the amount of market power exerted by beef-packing firms.

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  • Hunnicutt Lynn & Aadland David, 2003. "Inventory Constraints in a Dynamic Model of Imperfect Competition: An Application to Beef Packing," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-24, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bjafio:v:1:y:2003:i:1:n:12
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