The Inefficiency of Interest-Rate Subsidies in Commodity Price Stabilization
Interest-rate subsidies have been used to stimulate commodity stockholding, with the intention of stabilizing prices. However, reductions in price variability can be achieved at less government cost using a direct storage subsidy, and it is possible that an interest-rate subsidy will increase price variability even though the interest subsidy increases mean stocks held. These results are demonstrated using a stochastic dynamic programming model of optimal private storage, with parameter values relevant to agricultural commodity markets, and with particular reference to the U.S. soybean market. Copyright 1996, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 78 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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