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Numeraire choice in agricultural supply analysis

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  • Krishna Paudel
  • Christopher McIntosh

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Should the choice of numeraire price for modelling profit functions be arbitrary, or is more careful study needed? Here, the choice of numeraire is examined using tests for models specification and out-of-sample predictive accuracy based on the crop and livestock data obtained from Iowa. The results of this study indicate that, for this data set and functional form, it does indeed make a difference which numeraire you choose. This is in contrast to previous studies which, in general, indicated that the choice of numeraire equation is arbitrary or, more commonly, offered no justification for the netput chosen.

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  • Krishna Paudel & Christopher McIntosh, 2005. "Numeraire choice in agricultural supply analysis," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(11), pages 1209-1214.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:37:y:2005:i:11:p:1209-1214
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840500142085
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    1. Paudel, Krishna P. & Timilsina, Govinda R., 2010. "Would There Be Surplus Grains for Biofuels? An Assessment of Agro-economic Factors and Biofuel Production Potential at the Global Level," Staff Papers 113125, Louisiana State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

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