Research payoffs from quality improvement : the case of backfat depth in pigs

Jan Piaw, Thomas VOON, Geoff W. EDWARDS

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Abstract

Closed-market models embodying alternative specifications of supply, demand and substitutability conditions are developed to measure the economic benefits from a research-caused improvement in quality. The models are applied to the estimation of the economic benefits from reducing backfat depth in Australian pork. A major finding is that the Australian pig industry has the potential to derive a gross research benefit of about $7 million per annum from a 10% reduction in backfat thickness in pigs. Under each of the chosen specifications, the larger share of this gain accrues to pig producers. There could be additional social gains as a result of health benefits not incorporated in consumers' valuations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-76
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

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In: Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 42, No. 1, 01.01.1991, p. 66-76.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

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