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A brief essay on the financialization of agricultural commodity markets

Girardi, Daniele (2012): A brief essay on the financialization of agricultural commodity markets.

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Abstract

During the 2000s agricultural commodity derivatives markets were flooded by a “wall of money” coming from financial investors. In this essay I outline the main facts about the increasing presence and impact of financial investors in agricultural commodity markets and I discuss the main empirical works that tried to assess whether financial investors have affected agricultural prices in recent years.

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