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Índices de preço para o transporte de cargas: o caso da soja [Price indexes for cargo freight: the soybean case]


  • Augusto Hauber Gameiro


  • José Vicente Caixeta-Filho



The purpose of this research is to analyze methodologies for calculation of price indexes for cargo freight in Brazil. The study on the most used mathematical formulas has come to the conclusion that Fisher and Walsh indexes are those which comply with most of the logical, statistical and economic principles, followed by geometric indexes, such as Törnqvist, Vartia and Theil. Laspeyres and Paasche, in spite of their limitations, are widely used in practical terms. A case study was selected to evaluate variations on possible procedures for index construction. Four treatments have been conducted. As a result, we observed that the accumulated variation of the general price level for road transportation of soybean in Brazil between February 1998 and March 2002 was 76%.

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  • Augusto Hauber Gameiro & José Vicente Caixeta-Filho, 2010. "Índices de preço para o transporte de cargas: o caso da soja [Price indexes for cargo freight: the soybean case]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 20(1), pages 121-163, January-A.
  • Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:20:y:2010:i:1:p:121-163

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    index; price; transportation;

    JEL classification:

    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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