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Integrating auction theory with traditional measures of market power


  • Emílio Tostão
  • Chanjin Chung
  • B. Wade Brorsen


Many recent studies have evaluated potential market power in the U.S. cattle procurement market using either new empirical industrial organization (NEIO) models or auction models. The model derived here shows the NEIO model holds in some cases, while the auction theory can fully describe market power in other cases, and in some cases neither model is adequate. An empirical analysis using an experimental cattle procurement data set found both the NEIO and structural auction models yield predictions of price markdowns that are lower than actual markdowns. Results from hypothesis tests indicate the NEIO model has the most explanatory power, but neither theory alone can completely explain price markdown behavior. [JEL Classifications: L13, Q13, Q18]. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Emílio Tostão & Chanjin Chung & B. Wade Brorsen, 2011. "Integrating auction theory with traditional measures of market power," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(2), pages 162-178, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:27:y:2011:i:2:p:162-178

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    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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