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A time-series analysis of Zimbabwe's corn sales to the Grain Marketing Board

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  • Ephias Makaudze
  • David Bessler
  • Stephen Fuller

This article considers methods of cointegration testing to construct a model of Zimbabwe 's corn sector. Corn production, sales of corn to the government, the price of corn, and price of beef are linked together in one long-run equilibrium (cointegrating) relation. Only the price of beef is not weakly exogenous to perturbations in this relation. That is to say, when these variables are out of long-run equilibrium, it is through subsequent changes in the price of beef that equilibrium is restored. The other variables do not respond to a long-run disequilibrium. Short-run forecasts from this model are compared with expert opinion forecasts made by the government's marketing board. Possibilities for improvement in long-run forecasting and planning are discussed.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.

Volume (Year): 15 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 413-427

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Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:15:y:1998:i:3:p:413-427
DOI: 10.1080/03768359808440022
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