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Testing for Oligopoly Power in the Kenyan Seed Maize Processing Industry AgEcon
Nzuma, Jonathan M..
In the recent past, the concentration of seed maize processing and marketing in Kenya has raised serious public concerns. The inability of this industry to ensure affordable prices of certified seed maize for the farming community has led policy makers to question its market behaviour. In spite of these concerns, the performance of agricultural markets in Kenya has received little attention. This study evaluates the market conduct of the industry using the New Empirical Institutional Organization framework and tests the hypothesis of price taking behaviour. A system of five equations was used to estimate conjectural variations elasticity while a Lerner index was constructed to measure market power using data from Kenya's Central Bureau of Statistics. The...
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Seed Maize; Market power; Lerner index; Oligopoly; Crop Production/Industries; Industrial Organization; D4; L66.
Ano: 2006 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/25591
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