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Agricultural Prices, Selection, and the Evolution of the Food Industry

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  • Carl Gaigné
  • Léo Le Mener

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We present a model that explains the relationship between low input prices, high exit rates, and industrial concentration. We argue that falling input prices force less productive firms to exit the market, and lead to the expansion of more efficient incumbents at the expense of less productive producers. Our model helps reconcile some well-established empirical results regarding the food processing industry. Indeed, agricultural prices fell between the early 1900s and 2006, and over the same period there was a trend towards higher concentration in the food industry, with an increase in average productivity.

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  • Carl Gaigné & Léo Le Mener, 2014. "Agricultural Prices, Selection, and the Evolution of the Food Industry," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 96(3), pages 884-902.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:96:y:2014:i:3:p:884-902.
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    1. Carl GAIGNÉ & Cathie LAROCHE DUPRAZ & Alan MATTHEWS, 2015. "Thirty years of European research on international trade in food and agricultural products," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 96(1), pages 91-130.
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