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Cod stories: Trade dynamics and duration for Norwegian cod exports

Frank Asche, Andreea L. Cojocaru, Ivar Gaasland and Hans-Martin Straume

Journal of Commodity Markets, 2018, vol. 12, issue C, 71-79

Abstract: In recent years, trade dynamics have been receiving increased attention, and the general literature indicates that commodities are different. In this paper, the duration of trade relationships for Norwegian export firms to various markets is investigated for six product forms of one commodity, cod. The results indicate that the duration of most trade relationships is very short, and shorter than what is normally reported in the literature. Still, the substantial variation in duration by product form and factors influencing it, indicates heterogeneous dynamics for each supply chain even for slight differences in the characteristics of a commodity. Moreover, the short duration of trade relationships in the supply chains for Norwegian cod indicates that they remain very traditional food supply chains, with few attempts at reducing transaction costs through vertical coordination or relationships.

Keywords: Seafood; Cod; Duration; Customs data; Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F14 C41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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