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Welfare Measurement and Quality Product Differentiation in Agriculture: An Example from the EU 15 Beef Sector

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  • Maria Priscila Ramos
  • Sophie Drogué
  • Stephan Marette

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This paper examines the impact of two different model specifications on welfare estimations. A model specification that takes into account product differentiation is compared to a specification where the product differentiation is overlooked. The welfare comparison under both specifications show ambiguous results: the welfare under one specification may be larger or lower than the welfare under the alternative assumption. In order to illustrate our theoretical conclusions, we present an application to the EU15 beef market. We show that the welfare when the product differentiation is taken into account by the econometric estimation is lower than the welfare when the product differentiation is overlooked.

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  • Maria Priscila Ramos & Sophie Drogué & Stephan Marette, 2005. "Welfare Measurement and Quality Product Differentiation in Agriculture: An Example from the EU 15 Beef Sector," Working Papers 2005/02, INRA, Economie Publique.
  • Handle: RePEc:apu:wpaper:2005/02
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    1. Dixit, Avinash K & Stiglitz, Joseph E, 1977. "Monopolistic Competition and Optimum Product Diversity," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 67(3), pages 297-308, June.
    2. Krugman, Paul R., 1979. "Increasing returns, monopolistic competition, and international trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 469-479, November.
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    Keywords

    Product differentiation; Beef demand; European Union; Welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
    • F17 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Forecasting and Simulation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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