Journal Article

Heterogeneous firms and homogenising standards in agri-food trade: the Polish meat case

Marie-Luise Rau and Frank van Tongeren

in European Review of Agricultural Economics

Volume 36, issue 4, pages 479-505
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 0165-1587
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1464-3618 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/erae/jbp032
Heterogeneous firms and homogenising standards in agri-food trade: the Polish meat case

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Regulation and Industrial Policy
  • International Trade
  • Mathematical Methods; Programming Methods; Mathematical and Simulation Modelling
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

A partial equilibrium trade model with heterogeneous firms is developed and applied to the issue of compliance with the EU food standards in Polish meat production. The model parameters are estimated using a nonlinear least squares method to match the observed patterns of trade. With asymmetrically distributed productivities homogenising standards tend to increase the concentration of production and exports among the more productive and larger firms. Simulation analysis shows the trade and market structure impacts of support programmes in the context of EU accession. The simulations also highlight the importance of the substitution elasticity between varieties and effects of productivity upgrades.

Keywords: food standards; heterogeneous firm model; trade; L15; L51; Q17; F15; C63

Journal Article.  9723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regulation and Industrial Policy ; International Trade ; Mathematical Methods; Programming Methods; Mathematical and Simulation Modelling ; Agricultural Economics ; Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.