Market Performance of Potato Auctions in Bhutan

A. van Tilburg, W.E. Kuiper, R. Swinkels

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Market performance with respect to a main horticultural export commodity in Bhutan is the subject of this paper. Imperfections in (market) infrastructure and market structure and conduct may prevent an optimal price for farmers. Market performance is assessed by testing the law of one price for this commodity. This is done by testing three series of auction price data on both long-run and short-run price integration. It is concluded that for the period 1996-2000 the auction prices were interrelated both in the long and short run with one of the three auctions as the price-leading market. In contrast, in the period 2001-2005 the market arbitrage process slowed down, indicating the rise of market imperfections. Policy implications are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-88
JournalJournal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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