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Pot-Bellies, Cattle Breeds and Revealing Signals

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Believe it or not, there are many interesting economic puzzles at cattle auctions. For example, why does the Holstein breed completely dominate veal sales and why do other breeds get slaughtered in terms of price when they enter the veal ring? The answer lies in the nature of veal production and the characteristics of the auction that provide the potential for opportunistic behavior. The Holstein's unique pot-belly signal provides a cheap solution to the cheating problem and results in the domination of the Holstein breed at the auction. Copyright 1993 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Allen, Douglas W, 1993. "Pot-Bellies, Cattle Breeds and Revealing Signals," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 31(3), pages 481-487, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:31:y:1993:i:3:p:481-87
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    1. Thompson, Nathanael M. & Brorsen, B. Wade & DeVuyst, Eric A. & Lusk, Jayson L., 2016. "Random Sampling of Beef Cattle for Genetic Testing: Optimal Sample Size Determination," 2016 Annual Meeting, February 6-9, 2016, San Antonio, Texas 229195, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Athanasios G. Chymis & Harvey S. James & Srinivasa Konduru & Vern L. Pierce & Robert L. Larson, 2007. "Asymmetric information in cattle auctions: the problem of revaccinations," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 36(1), pages 79-88, January.
    3. Bulut, Harun & Lawrence, John D., 2007. "The Value of Third-Party Certification of Preconditioning Claims at Iowa Feeder Cattle Auctions," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 39(3), pages 1-16, December.
    4. Rat-Aspert, Olivier & Weldegebriel, Habtu T. & Stott, Alistair W. & Fourichon, C., 2008. "Managing animal health status information in the cattle market," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44064, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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