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Components of the wholesale bid-ask spread and the structure of grain markets: the case of rice in India

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  • Jha, Raghbendra
  • Murthy, K. V. B.
  • Nagarajan, Hari K.
  • Seth, Ashok

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This paper proposes a new method to break up the bid-ask spread in wholesale rice markets into its three components and applies the methodology to twelve major rice centers in India. The proposed methodology is claimed to be superior to the extant methods such as those of Stoll (1989) and George, Kaul and Nimalendran (1991). The split up of the spread into its components allows us to make several comments about the behaviour of grain markets in India, the efficacy of the public distribution system (PDS) and several other policy issues.
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  • Jha, Raghbendra & Murthy, K. V. B. & Nagarajan, Hari K. & Seth, Ashok, 1999. "Components of the wholesale bid-ask spread and the structure of grain markets: the case of rice in India," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 21(2), pages 173-189, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agecon:v:21:y:1999:i:2:p:173-189
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    1. A Banerji & J.V. Meenakshi, 2010. "Competition and Collusion in Grain Markets: Basmati Auctions in North India," Working Papers id:2701, eSocialSciences.
    2. Raghbendra Jha & Hari K. Nagarajan, 2002. "Noisy Vertical Markets," ASARC Working Papers 2002-04, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.

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    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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