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Market and Welfare Effects of the U.S. Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act

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  • Kenneth Njoroge

    () (Department of Accounting, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)

  • Amalia Yiannaka

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

  • Konstantinos Giannakas

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

  • Azzeddine M. Azzam

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the market and welfare effects of the United States Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act enacted in 2001. The act mandates meat packers to report their transactions daily to a government agency and requires the agency to make a summary of those transactions available to the public through the Mandatory Livestock Meat Market News Reports. Considering the case of an imperfect packer cartel that uses trigger price strategies, this paper examines the impact of market information provided by the reports on equilibrium livestock slaughter and the welfare of the groups involved and identifies the determinants of the socially optimal level of information. A key result of the paper is that, even when facilitating collusion among packers, increased market information can be social welfare enhancing.

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  • Kenneth Njoroge & Amalia Yiannaka & Konstantinos Giannakas & Azzeddine M. Azzam, 2007. "Market and Welfare Effects of the U.S. Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(1), pages 290-311, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:1:y:2007:p:290-311
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    Cited by:

    1. Dimitrios Panagiotou, 2019. "Market Power Effects of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act in the U.S. Meat Industry: a Stochastic Frontier Approach Under Uncertainty," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 19(1), pages 103-122, March.
    2. Joseph, Kishore & Garcia, Philip & Peterson, Paul E., 2016. "Does the Boxed Beef Price Inform the Live Cattle Futures Price?," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts 236166, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    3. Scott W. Fausti & Zhiguang Wang & Bashir A. Qasmi & Matthew A. Diersen, 2014. "Risk and marketing behavior: pricing fed cattle on a grid," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 45(5), pages 601-612, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco

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