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Michigan State University (1991)

Transfer costs of cereals marketing in Mali : implications for Mali’s regional trade in West Africa

Gabre-Madhin, Eleni Zaude

Titre : Transfer costs of cereals marketing in Mali : implications for Mali’s regional trade in West Africa

Auteur : Gabre-Madhin, Eleni Zaude

Etablissement de soutenance : Michigan State University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 1991

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This study explores the links between marketing and trade policy and the performance of cereals markets in Mali, with the view that Mali’s competitiveness in external markets is influenced by. domestic market integration. The study’s objectives are to measure and analyze transfer costs of marketing ; to assess market integration ; and to draw implications of market integration for regional trade flows. The methodology used applies a Situatibn-Structure-Performance paradigm to describe markets ; decomposes and compares transfer costs to spatial margins ; and models market integration by linking spatial margins, costs, and flows. _-.— The descriptive analysis revealed that two circuits out of eight exhibited non equilibrium conditions. In the cost analysis, transport represented 72% of total costs for both vehicle owners and non-owners, while market coordination costs represented 23% of total costs for vehicle owners. The share of fixed costs for the sample was less than 30%. The simultaneous modelling of margins, costs, and flows indicated that margins and flows are positively related ; costs have an important impact on margins and are subject to significant economies of distance ; and, margins are subject to seasonal trends, The extension of these results for Mali’s trade patterns are that Mali’s regional exports link interior production to border zones ; major trade flows occured along circuits with very low net margins ; the discrepancy between officially registered exports and observed informal flows to Mauritania lead to questions why these clandestine operations persist despite export liberalization policy at the national level.

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