Spatial Price Transmission and Trade in the European Dairy Sector

DOI 10.7160/aol.2019.110202
No 2/2019, June
pp. 13-20

Bakucs, Z., Benedek, Z. and Fertö, I. (2019) "Spatial Price Transmission and Trade in the European Dairy Sector", AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 13-20. ISSN 1804-1930. DOI 10.7160/aol.2019.110202.


There exists a large literature on spatial price transmission in agro-food sectors, but research on milk sector is relatively limited. In addition, we cannot generalize the results of these studies due to their diversity in terms of methodology, periods and countries. The aim of the paper is precisely to generalize, or at least broaden the evidence on horizontal price transmission in European Union dairy market. We employ two stages approach. First, we test whether Law of One Price exists among European Union member states. Second, we try to explain our findings based on gravity model framework in a binary choice setting. Our results are in line with theoretical expectations: the volume of milk traded and Eurozone membership positively, the geographical distance negatively affects the probability of perfect price transmission. In addition, we show that horizontal price transmission is dependent on political group variables (New Member States versus Old Member States).


Spatial price transmission, EU milk market, trade.


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