Productivity Shocks, International Trade and Pass-Through: Evidence from Agriculture

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Abstract:

The purpose of this study is to measure the sensitivity of trade to agricultural productivity shocks, using country-level data on yield and production combined with bilateral trade data for a wide range of countries and products for the years 2000-2010. The results suggest that trade frictions, product differentiation and storage limit the role of international trade as way of coping with production volatility. We nd that import unit values increase in years when domestic production is relatively high, which suggests the presence of quality sorting or economies of scale in international shipping. Import price declines in years when importers have a poor domestic production may act as a coping mechanism for countries that suer from adverse food production conditions. 

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Citation: Ferguson, S, Gars, J 2014. Productivity Shocks, International Trade and Pass-Through: Evidence from Agriculture. ICAE (International Conference of Agricultural Economists) Milan, Italy

Keywords: Climate shocks, pass-through, quality sorting, agricultural trade