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Buyer behaviour in a regional thoroughbred yearling market


  • Mark Robbins
  • Peter Kennedy


This paper reports the results of an hedonic pricing analysis of a regional thoroughbred auction market, adding to a literature which has been built mainly on data from elite auction markets. The main contribution of the paper is the finding that the role of the dam in affecting yearling price, elusive in the existing literature, is shown to depend primarily on information about progeny performance rather than dam performance. Additional results confirm existing knowledge about the roles of the sire, yearling sex, and yearling age, and support suspicions that race horses are consumer rather than investment goods.

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  • Mark Robbins & Peter Kennedy, 2001. "Buyer behaviour in a regional thoroughbred yearling market," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(8), pages 969-977.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:33:y:2001:i:8:p:969-977
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840010002529

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    1. Hansen, Charlotte R. & Stowe, C. Jill, 2017. "Determinants of Weanling Thoroughbred Auction Prices," 2017 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2017, Mobile, Alabama 252780, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Maynard, Leigh J. & Stoeppel, Kelly M., 2007. "Hedonic Price Analysis of Thoroughbred Broodmares in Foal," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 25(2).
    3. Stowe, C. Jill & Ajello, Billy, . "A Hedonic Price Analysis of Differentiated Products of Unknown Quality: Freshman Sire Stud Fees in the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia.
    4. Bree L. DORITY & DAYNA LARREAU & Frank TENKORANG, 2016. "Hedonic Price Analysis Of Non-Barren Broodmares," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 18, pages 61-75, December.
    5. Taylor, Mykel R. & Dhuyvetter, Kevin C. & Kastens, Terry L. & Douthit, Megan & Marsh, Thomas L., 2006. "Show Quality Quarter Horse Auctions: Price Determinants and Buy-Back Practices," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 31(03), December.
    6. Taylor, Mykel & Sieverkropp, Elizabeth, 2013. "The Impacts of U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant Closures on a Western Regional Horse Market," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(1), April.

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