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Pricing and Policy Problems in the Northeast Fluid Milk Industry


  • Ronald W. Cotterill

    () (University of Connecticut)


This article documents the need for reform of milk pricing in the Northeast. The New York price gouging law can be recast as a fair share law. This new milk policy “kills two birds with one stone.” It corrects regional inequities in raw milk pricing by reforming the pricing of milk at retail by limiting and redistributing excessive retail margins to farmers and consumers. The fair share policy relieves allocative price inefficiency, improves the performance of the federal milk market order pool, and the general performance of the Northeast dairy farming and fluid milk industries.

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  • Ronald W. Cotterill, 2006. "Pricing and Policy Problems in the Northeast Fluid Milk Industry," Food Marketing Policy Center Research Reports 093, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:zwi:fpcrep:093

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    1. Jesse, Edward V. & Jones, Bruce L., 2003. "Cost of Producing Milk: A Comparison by State," Marketing and Policy Briefing Papers 12713, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
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    1. Rabinowitz, Adam. N. & Liu, Yizao, 2014. "The Impact of Regulatory Change on Retail Pricing: The New York State Milk Price Gouging Law," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 43(01), pages 178-192, April.


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