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Measuring Market Power with Variables Other than Price

  • Lynn Hunnicutt
  • DeeVon Bailey
  • Michelle Crook

Beef packing has become an extremely concentrated industry, yet studies have found that little, if any, market power exists. We propose and test alternative measures of behavior that may better describe how packers control purchases from feedlots, using confidential data collected by the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

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Paper provided by Utah State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2002-08.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:usu:wpaper:2002-08
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