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Seasonal oligopoly power: the case of the US fresh fruit market

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  • Carlos Arnade
  • Daniel Pick

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What has been ignored in much of the existing studies of oligopoly power is that market behaviour need not be static in nature, and oligopoly power in agriculture need not be present in every month of the year. In a market which is characterized by seasonality and supplied by different sources during different seasons, it is quite possible to observe oligopoly power during different months of the year. In this paper, a method for estimating and testing for seasonal changes in the degree of oligopoly power is introduced. It was found that in the pear market, oligopoly power coefficients remain low throughout the year. On the other hand, the grape market is characterized by higher oligopoly power coefficients and considerable season variations.

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  • Carlos Arnade & Daniel Pick, 2000. "Seasonal oligopoly power: the case of the US fresh fruit market," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(8), pages 969-977.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:32:y:2000:i:8:p:969-977
    DOI: 10.1080/000368400322020
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    1. Winfree, Jason A. & McCluskey, Jill J. & Mittelhammer, Ronald C. & Gutman, Paula, 2004. "Seasonal Oligopoly Power In The D'Anjou Pear Industry," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 35(02), July.
    2. Ronchi, Loraine, 2006. "Fairtrade and market failures in agricultural commodity markets," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4011, The World Bank.
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    5. Durham, Catherine A. & Johnson, Aaron J. & McFetridge, Marc V., 2007. "Marketing-Management Impacts on Produce Sales," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 38(2), July.
    6. Friesner, Daniel & Mittelhammer, Ron & Rosenman, Robert, 2013. "Inferring the incidence of industry inefficiency from DEA estimates," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 224(2), pages 414-424.
    7. Evans, Edwardv A. & Ballen, Fredy H., 2015. "Competitive Behavior in the U.S. Green Skin Avocado Market," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 46(3), November.

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