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Assessing the market power of millers and wholesalers in the Bangladesh rice sector

Mohammad Chhiddikur Rahman (Agri-food Policy Platform, International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines)
Valerien Pede (Agri-food Policy Platform, International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines)
Jean Balie (Agri-food Policy Platform, International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines)
Isabelita M. Pabuayon (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines)
Jose M. Yorobe (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines)
Samarendu Mohanty (International Potato Centre, Hanoi, Viet Nam)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 21 July 2020

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Because of the increasing differential between farm and retail prices, the study proposes to investigate the extent of market power in the rice value chain of Bangladesh using advanced econometric techniques.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a Stochastic Frontier Estimation approach on cross-sectional data, the study examines the price spread along the rice value chain to determine whether millers and wholesalers exercise market power.

Findings

Empirical results reveal that, on average, rice millers and wholesalers charge 33 and 29% above the marginal cost, respectively. This study confirms the non-competitive behavior of the rice market with wholesalers and millers wielding substantial market power

Research limitations/implications

A limitation of the study is that it does not include the retailers who also play a major role in the Bangladesh rice value chain. This is left for future study.

Originality/value

This study combines primary and secondary data collected on the Bangladesh rice sector to examine the market power of two major players along the value chain, millers and wholesalers, using an advanced econometrics approach.

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Citation

Rahman, M.C., Pede, V., Balie, J., Pabuayon, I.M., Yorobe, J.M. and Mohanty, S. (2021), "Assessing the market power of millers and wholesalers in the Bangladesh rice sector", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 280-295. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-04-2018-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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