UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Shon Ferguson, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

State Trading Deregulation and Cropping Patterns on the Canadian Prairies

Date and Location

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM
ARE Library, 4101 Social Sciences and Humanities

Abstract

We estimate the impact of the removal of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) monopoly on the spatial pattern of malt barley production in Western Canada. The removal of the CWB single-desk encouraged farmers located closer to malt barley plants to increase production relative to farmers located further from the plants. This pattern can be explained by a combination of efficiency gains combined with higher transportation costs for farms furthest away from malt barley plants.

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