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Pass-through in United States beef cattle prices: a test of Ricardian rent theory

  • Huan Zhao
  • Xiaodong Du

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  • David Hennessy

Feeder cattle are fattened to become fed live cattle 6 months later, and the feeder cattle stock is fixed in the short-run. Efficiency in competitive markets suggests feeder cattle prices should fully reflect feed prices and information on future fed cattle prices. Employing a long time series (1979-€œ2004) of feeder cattle futures, live cattle futures, and local corn prices, we test whether complete pass-through occurs. For fed cattle futures prices, we find about 93% of complete pass-through to present feeder cattle prices. The corresponding negative effect of a corn price increase is about 87% of complete pass-through. In contrast with imperfectly competitive agricultural land rental markets, the results support the hypothesis of Ricardian rent extraction by the scarce asset owner in feeder cattle markets.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 497-508

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