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Subsidies and the Global Cotton Trade

Abstract

The case describes the competitive advantages that U.S. farmers enjoy in the global cotton industry and the subsidies they receive from the U.S. federal government. Arguments for and against the subsidies are presented in the context of global competition. The case includes the data needed to estimate a supply curve for 2004 cotton production and predict the average 2004 cotton price using total cotton consumption for 2004. Students can also estimate the result of eliminating the U.S. cotton subsidies on the average 2004 cotton price.

The learning objective of the case is for students to have the opportunity to learn about the history and structure of U.S. cotton subsidies as well as their impact on global cotton prices. Students also are able to practice building and interpreting an industry supply curve.

Type

Case

Author(s)

David Besanko, Brett Burgess

Date Published

Citations

Besanko, David, and Brett Burgess. Subsidies and the Global Cotton Trade. Case 5-307-507 (KEL348).

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