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Price distortions on the Hungarian raw milk market

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  • Voneki, Eva
  • Hockmann, Heinrich

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The paper attempts to identify the impact of market power in the Hungarian milk chain. Since the conventional conjectural variation approach provides suspicious results the incentives to collude are discussed in an alternative framework. It is argued that the high degree of market transparency, the high frequency of interaction, the low number of large firms which could actually influence market prices, the threat of severe sanctions due to the under-utilization of processing capacities as well as opportunistic behavior make collusive behavior more likely than competitive behavior. The empirical evidence for the period 1998 to 2006 supports this view.

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  • Voneki, Eva & Hockmann, Heinrich, 2009. "Price distortions on the Hungarian raw milk market," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51673, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae09:51673
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    1. Muth, Mary K. & Wohlgenant, Michael K., 1999. "Measuring The Degree Of Oligopsony Power In The Beef Packing Industry In The Absence Of Marketing Input Quantity Data," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 24(02), December.
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    Keywords

    market power; dairy processing; Hungary; Industrial Organization; Q11; Q13;

    JEL classification:

    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness

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