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The Role of Spatial Density and Technological Investment on Optimal Pricing Strategies in the Grain Handling Industry

Anton Bekkerman () and Mykel Taylor ()
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Anton Bekkerman: Montana State University
Mykel Taylor: Kansas State University

Review of Industrial Organization, 2020, vol. 57, issue 1, No 2, 27-58

Abstract: Abstract Shuttle-loading elevators represent an investment that may lower marginal grain-handling costs. Some portion of those savings could be passed on to farmers in the form of higher cash prices. We model the pass-through decision and exploit a natural, historical difference in Kansas and Montana wheat markets to test several pass-through hypotheses empirically. Using cross-sectional, temporal, and spatial variation in weekly wheat prices in 2005–2013, we find that—relative to conventional grain elevators in Kansas—shuttle-loading facilities offer a $0.13 per bushel premium. In Montana—where there is less spatial competition among elevators—the pass-through is only $0.04 per bushel.

Keywords: Basis; Grain elevator; Prices; Pass-through; Spatial competition; Wheat (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11151-019-09725-2

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