Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1297: State Trading Deregulation and Prairie Durum Wheat Production

Colin A. Carter and Shon Ferguson ()
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Colin A. Carter: Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, Postal: UC Davis, CA, USA
Shon Ferguson: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: We estimate the impact of the 2012 removal of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single-desk on the spatial pattern of durum wheat acres in Western Canada. We analyze changes in durum seeded acres with a panel regression and Census Agricultural Region data from 2004–2016. Our results indicate that removal of the CWB single-desk had a significant impact on total durum production in Western Canada. In addition, we find that the spatial distribution of durum wheat acres shifted towards drier areas, an improvement in the efficiency of resource allocation.​

Keywords: tate trading enterprises; Deregulation; Agricultural regulation; Comparative advantage

JEL-codes: L43; Q17; Q18; R12; R14

25 pages, August 22, 2019

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