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Climate change and Australia’s comparative advantage in wheat

Todd Sanderson and Fredoun Z. Ahmadi-Esfahani

No 59155, 2010 Conference (54th), February 10-12, 2010, Adelaide, Australia from Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Abstract: Australia has long been a major exporter of wheat, a commodity well suited to the economic and climatic conditions of Australia. According to the conventional wisdom, Australia holds a comparative advantage in wheat. However, the future validity of this proposition is sensitive to the proposed impacts of climate change. This paper develops a framework with which to examine the future patterns of comparative advantage in wheat given the projections of several global climate models. We find support for the conventional wisdom, and identify the presence of substantial resilience in Australia’s comparative advantage to adverse yield change.

Keywords: International; Relations/Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25
Date: 2010
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.59155

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