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The Collapse of the Australian Wool Reserve Price Scheme

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  • Peter Bardsley

    (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)

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This paper examines the background to the collapse of price stabilization under the Australian Wool Reserve Price Scheme in 1991-92 and draws out implications for the feasibility of goverment backed price stabilization schemes. Optimal control techniques are applied to the problem of valuing stabilization stockpiles. Option pricing techniques are used to elucidate the incentives facing the industry and to explain why the industry adopted policies that drove the scheme to its collapse. Copyright 1994 by Royal Economic Society.
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  • Peter Bardsley, 1992. "The Collapse of the Australian Wool Reserve Price Scheme," Working Papers 1992.17 EDIRC Provider-In, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ltr:wpaper:1992.17
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    1. Brian D. Wright, 2012. "International Grain Reserves And Other Instruments to Address Volatility in Grain Markets," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 27(2), pages 222-260, August.
    2. Chang, Hui-Shung (Christie), 2000. "A Cointegration Analysis of Wool Prices," Working Papers 12929, University of New England, School of Economics.
    3. Jackson, Elizabeth & Quaddus, Mohammed & Islam, Nazrul & Stanton, John & Hoque, Zohurul, 2007. "A Multi-Disciplinary Approach For Determining Adoption Of Agricultural Price Risk Management Strategies," 81st Annual Conference, April 2-4, 2007, Reading University 7985, Agricultural Economics Society.
    4. Peter Bardsley & Nilss Olekalns, 1996. "Wool Price Variability In The Long Run," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 40(1), pages 51-61, April.
    5. Waschik, Robert & Fraser, Iain, 2007. "A computable general equilibrium analysis of export taxes in the Australian wool industry," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 712-736, July.
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    7. Leishman, David & Menkhaus, Dale J. & Whipple, Glen D., 1999. "Revealed Comparative Advantage And The Measurement Of International Competitiveness For Agricultural Commodities: An Empirical Analysis Of Wool Exporters," 1999 Annual Meeting, July 11-14, 1999, Fargo, ND 35691, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    8. Paul Cashin & Hong Liang & C. John McDermott, 2000. "How Persistent Are Shocks to World Commodity Prices?," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 47(2), pages 1-2.
    9. Smith, Vincent H., 1998. "Measuring the benefits of social science research:," Impact assessments 2, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    10. Christophe Gouel, 2014. "Food Price Volatility and Domestic Stabilization Policies in Developing Countries," NBER Chapters,in: The Economics of Food Price Volatility, pages 261-306 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    11. Donald F. Larson & Julian Lampietti & Christophe Gouel & Carlo Cafiero & John Roberts, 2014. "Food Security and Storage in the Middle East and North Africa," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 28(1), pages 48-73.
    12. Chang, Hui-Shung (Christie), 2000. "Stability of price premiums for wool," 2000 Conference (44th), January 23-25, 2000, Sydney, Australia 123621, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    13. Lim, Terence & Lo, Andrew W. & Merton, Robert C. & Scholes, Myron S., 2006. "The Derivatives Sourcebook," Foundations and Trends(R) in Finance, now publishers, vol. 1(5–6), pages 365-572, April.

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