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Management of Volatility in the Grain Market


  • Guenther-Luebbers, Welf
  • Henke, Soren
  • Theuvsen, Ludwig


Food prices have steadily risen since the 1990s, and price were especially volatile in the years 2008 and 2010. This trend has also been reflected in the European grain market, which presents all European companies along the food value chain with new challenges. This paper focuses on the impacts of increased price volatility on the grain market. Furthermore, it describes and evaluates government interventions attempting to reduce this volatility. At the same time, it describes and assesses private management methods of dealing with price volatility. In this article, we provide an opportunity to understand how the European cereals market evolved to reach its present state and suggest future possible price assurance systems, such as insurance for the basic monetary security of cereal products for all of the parties involved.

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  • Guenther-Luebbers, Welf & Henke, Soren & Theuvsen, Ludwig, 2012. "Management of Volatility in the Grain Market," 123rd Seminar, February 23-24, 2012, Dublin, Ireland 122548, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa123:122548

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    Management; Volatility; Grain Market; Risk and Uncertainty; Q 10; Q12; Q14; Q 17; Q 18;

    JEL classification:

    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance

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