Price and Volatility Transmission and Market Power in the German Fresh Pork Supply Chain

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Abstract

We investigate the relationship between the transmission of price volatility and market power in the German fresh pork supply chain. We use a theoretical model underpinning this relationship followed by an empirical application that uses monthly farm, slaughterhouse and retail pork price data for the period 2000–2011. We examine both the relationships of market power with price level transmission and price volatility transmission in the chain. We use a vector error correction model and least squares regressions to analyse price transmission and price volatility transmissions, respectively. Results show that retail market power limited both types of transmissions. Competition inducing policy measures coupled with measures that support price risk management initiatives of chain actors are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-880
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Food supply chain
  • Germany
  • market power
  • price transmission
  • price volatility transmission

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