State Trading Enterprises in a Differentiated Environment: The Case of Global Malting Barley Markets

dc.contributor.author Dong, Fengxia
dc.contributor.author Marsh, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Stiegert, Kyle
dc.contributor.department Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
dc.date 2018-02-16T13:36:34.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T01:04:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T01:04:15Z
dc.date.embargo 2015-06-16
dc.date.issued 2003-12-01
dc.description.abstract <p>The lack of transparency in the pricing and operational activities of state trading enterprises (STEs) has caused members of the World Trade Organization to express concern that certain countries’ STEs might circumvent Uruguay Round commitments on export subsidies, domestic support, or market access. The purpose of this study is to examine the market structure of the differentiated world malting barley market in which two STEs (the Canadian Wheat Board and the Australian Barley Board) maintain jointly a very large share of the export market. In particular, this study focuses on the exclusive procuring and pricing policies used by both STEs to test if these intra-country mechanisms can generate leadership and shift rent from other exporting countries. A conceptual and empirical framework is also provided to test if STEs set their initial payments at optimal levels. The study suggests that two STEs and other exporting countries were in Cournot competition. While some distortionary impacts from the STE prepayment systems are possible, it does not appear to be a tool that either STE employs. Empirical results from the precommitment stage show that the two STEs did not set their initial payments low enough to maximize their profits.</p>
dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/card_workingpapers/362/
dc.identifier.articleid 1370
dc.identifier.contextkey 7226346
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dc.identifier.submissionpath card_workingpapers/362
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/12701
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dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural and Resource Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Economics
dc.subject.disciplines International Economics
dc.subject.keywords malting barley
dc.subject.keywords market structure
dc.subject.keywords prepayment system
dc.subject.keywords product differentiation
dc.subject.keywords rent shifting
dc.subject.keywords state trading enterprises (STEs)
dc.title State Trading Enterprises in a Differentiated Environment: The Case of Global Malting Barley Markets
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