Agricultural product prices by William G. Tomek, Harry M. Kaiser

By William G. Tomek, Harry M. Kaiser

Published consistently due to the fact that 1972, Agricultural Product Prices has turn into the traditional textbook and reference paintings for college kids in agricultural and utilized economics, purchasers and dealers of commodities, and policymakers, basically explaining conceptual and empirical versions appropriate to agricultural product markets. the hot 5th variation makes use of updated details and types to provide an explanation for the habit of agricultural product costs. themes contain fee alterations over industry degrees (marketing margins), rate transformations over area (regionally and the world over) and through caliber attributes, and cost variability with the passage of time (seasonal and cyclical diversifications, developments, and random behavior).

William G. Tomek and Harry M. Kaiser assessment and adapt microeconomic ideas to the features of agricultural commodity markets after which follow those rules to some of the dimensions of rate habit. in addition they supply an in-depth dialogue of costs confirmed for futures contracts and their courting to money (spot) marketplace costs; disguise the influential roles of expense discovery associations, similar to auctions and negotiated contracts, and govt regulations regulating alternate and farms; and speak about the specification, use, and assessment of empirical versions of agricultural costs, putting emphasis at the demanding situations of doing top quality, precious analyses and studying results.

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That is, demand increases or decreases as a consequence of a change in the level of the demand determinant, while the parameters α, β, and γ remain constant. The foregoing is a common treatment of the effects of the determinants of demand because, although income may change, consumers’ preferences are still assumed not to change. A second possibility is, however, that preferences change in such a way that one or more of the parameters (α, β, γ), or the functional form, change. This is called a “structural change” in demand.

For example, a feed manufacturer wants to know the least-cost set of ingredients to make, say, a dairy feed with a particular protein, energy, and fiber content. Thus, the manufacturer is interested in the protein content of the alternative commodities that might be used to make the feed. Commodities can also have undesirable attributes, such as excess moisture or pesticide residues, that detract from their demand and lower their price. A genetically modified (GM) commodity is considered to be undesirable by some, but not all, buyers.

A convenient way to think of a price elasticity is as the percentage change in quantity corresponding to a 1 percent change in price. Since the slopes of demand curves are negative, price elasticity-of-demand coefficients have a negative sign. The range of the price-elasticity coefficient is from zero to minus infinity. This range is divided into three parts. , neglecting the sign) of the coefficient is larger than 1, demand is said to be elastic. The percentage change in quantity demanded is greater than the corresponding percentage change in price.

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