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Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting: A Literature Review and Synthesis of Related Market Information Research


  • Koontz Stephen R

    (Colorado State University)

  • Ward Clement E

    (Oklahoma State University)


Congress passed into law the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act in 1999 and a mandatory pricing reporting system for livestock and meat began in 2001. The implementation was problematic. It is also difficult to find any research prior to the legislation that demonstrated inadequacies in the voluntary price reporting system that had been in existence since the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. Thus, there is little evidence upon which to evaluate the new system. Available research suggests mandatory price reporting increased transparency and information at the national level and across cash and non-cash market choices, reduced price information in regional markets, and increased spatial and vertical market integration. Research shows diverse opinions on the success of the new system. Research also shows the potential for retail meat scanner data to significantly improve the accuracy of reported retail meat prices. Related research suggests clear benefits of the new system will be hard to measure. A primary conclusion from the literature is that benefits were unforeseen and unintended consequences were large. And that continued cost/benefit oriented research of the policy and legislation would be useful.

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  • Koontz Stephen R & Ward Clement E, 2011. "Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting: A Literature Review and Synthesis of Related Market Information Research," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 9(1), pages 1-33, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bjafio:v:9:y:2011:i:1:n:9

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    1. Fausti, Scott W. & Qasmi, Bashir A. & Li, Jing & Diersen, Matthew A., 2010. "The Effect of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act on Market Transparency and Grid Price Dispersion," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 39(3), October.
    2. Cheryl J. Wachenheim & Eric A. DeVuyst, 2001. "Strategic response to mandatory reporting legislation in the U.S. livestock and meat industries: Are collusive opportunities enhanced?," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(2), pages 177-195.
    3. Fausti, Scott W. & Diersen, Matthew A. & Qasmi, Bashir A., 2007. "Public Price Reporting in the Cash Market for Live Cattle: A Spatial Market Approach," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 36(02), pages 336-348, October.
    4. Fausti, Scott W. & Diersen, Matthew A., 2004. "The Voluntary Reporting System's Ability to Provide Price Transparency in the Cash Market for Dressed Steers: Evidence from South Dakota," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 29(03), December.
    5. Pendell, Dustin L. & Schroeder, Ted C., 2006. "Impact of Mandatory Price Reporting on Fed Cattle Market Integration," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 31(03), December.
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    1. Scott W. Fausti & Zhiguang Wang & Bashir A. Qasmi & Matthew A. Diersen, 2014. "Risk and marketing behavior: pricing fed cattle on a grid," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 45(5), pages 601-612, September.
    2. Martinez, Charles & Anderson, David & Park, John, 2017. "Producer Owned Cooperative Packing Plants and Mandatory Price Reporting: Unintended Consequences," 2017 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2017, Mobile, Alabama 252798, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. Pozo, Veronica F. & Bejan, Vladimir & Tejeda, Hernan, 2016. "Disentangling Supply and Demand Shocks to Identify Changes in the Live Cattleā€™s Market Structure Post Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 236234, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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