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Integration of the national food market


  • K.P. Glushchenko
  • A.Yu. Koneva


Market integration is analyzed using the time series of the cost of 25 item basket of food staples for the 1994-2000 period across 11 economic regions of Russia. It is shown that 27% of regions are integrated in the national market and that there are 42% of integrated pairs of regions. The effects of factors impeding integration are assessed with a threshold model. Transaction costs of arbitration are found to vary from 15 to 25% of the cost of the basket. These results are compared with those obtained by use of the food component of consumer prices; a conclusion is made that this component does not make a good proxy for prices in the national food market.

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  • K.P. Glushchenko & A.Yu. Koneva, 2004. "Integration of the national food market," Journal "Region: Economics and Sociology", Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering of Siberian Branch of RAS, vol. 2.
  • Handle: RePEc:nos:regioe:2004-2_4

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    1. Gluschenko, Konstantin, 2006. "Russia's common market takes shape : price convergence and market integration among Russian regions," BOFIT Discussion Papers 7/2006, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.

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