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Market Power in Poultry Production Contracting? Evidence from a Farm Survey

James M. MacDonald and Nigel Key

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2012, vol. 44, issue 4, 477-490

Abstract: The exercise of market power by broiler processing firms (integrators) is plausible because local markets for growers are concentrated and because growers face hold-up risks arising from substantial investments in specific assets set against limited integrator purchase commitments. This article explores the links between local integrator concentration and grower compensation under production contracts using data from the 2006 broiler version of the USDA's Agricultural Resource Management Survey. Results of this study, which account for characteristics of the operation and specific features of the production contract, suggest that greater integrator concentration results in a small but economically meaningful reduction in grower compensation.

Date: 2012
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