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Asymmetric Information and Middleman Margins: An Experiment with West Bengal Potato Farmers

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  • Sandip Mitra
  • Dilip Mookherjee

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  • Maximo Torero
  • Sujata Visaria

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A study middleman margins, trading mechanisms and the role of asymmetric information about prices between potato farmers and local trade intermediaries, in West Bengal, India is conducted. Farmers in randomly chosen villages were provided daily information on prices in neighboring wholesale markets where the traders re-sell the potatoes. [BREAD Working Paper No. 401].

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  • Sandip Mitra & Dilip Mookherjee & Maximo Torero & Sujata Visaria, 2013. "Asymmetric Information and Middleman Margins: An Experiment with West Bengal Potato Farmers," Working Papers id:5545, eSocialSciences.
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