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A spatio-temporal analysis of agricultural prices: An application to Colombian data

  • Ana Maria Iregui

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  • Jesús Otero

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This paper studies whether the geographical separation of markets constitutes a factor that helps explain the dynamics of agricultural prices. To do this, we employ a highly disaggregated dataset for Colombia that consists of weekly observations on wholesale prices for 18 agricultural products traded in markets scattered around the country. The sample period spans for almost a decade. According to our results, which are based on generalised impulse response functions, distance (and thus transportation costs) is a factor that helps explain the speed at which prices adjust to shocks in other locations, thus confirming that price adjustments take longer for markets farther apart.

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Paper provided by Banco de la Republica de Colombia in its series Borradores de Economia with number 734.

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