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Drivers of grain price volatility: a cursory critical review

Santeramo, Fabio Gaetano and Lamonaca, Emilia and Contò, Francesco and Stasi, Antonio and Nardone, Gianluca (2017): Drivers of grain price volatility: a cursory critical review. Forthcoming in: Agricultural Economics (Zemědělská ekonomika)


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Understanding the determinants of price volatility is a key step to prevent potential negative consequences of to the uncertainty faced by farmers. Our critical provides a novel categorization of grain price volatility drivers. We distinguish endogenous and exogenous causes and conclude on the potential effects that each of identified factors may generate on price dynamics. In particular, we deepen on the contribution of endogenous factors such as spatial and temporal arbitrage, as well as drivers of shocks of demand and supply.

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