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Guaranteed Minimum Price Contracts for Some, an Insurance for Others?

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  • Chambolle, Claire
  • Poret, Sylvaine

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This paper analyzes the impact of guaranteed minimum price contracts between sub-groups of farmers and a fair trade manufacturer on the spot market price. We focus on the fair trade concept in the coffee supply chain as an example. We analyze a three level vertical chain gathering perfectly competitive farmers upstream who offer their raw product to manufacturers who then sell finished products to a downstream retailer. Without fair trade, all the raw product is sold on the spot market. When a sub-group of farmers benefit from a guaranteed minimum price contract offered by a fair trade certifier, we show that farmers outside of this fair trade agreement may also benefit from a higher spot market price in cases of a limited overproduction.

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  • Chambolle, Claire & Poret, Sylvaine, 2008. "Guaranteed Minimum Price Contracts for Some, an Insurance for Others?," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44134, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Bontems, Philippe & Bouamra-Mechemache, Zohra, 2003. "Predatory Accommodation In Vertical Contracting With Externalities," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22044, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Poret Sylvaine & Chambolle Claire, 2007. "Fair Trade Labeling: Inside or Outside Supermarkets?," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1), pages 1-24, November.
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    Guaranteed Minimum Price Contracts; Fair Trade; Vertical Chain.; Demand and Price Analysis; International Relations/Trade;

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