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Economic analysis of wheat trade in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus: three Essays

Thematic complex:
Agricultural value chains
Project duration:
01.09.2012 - 31.08.2015
Investigated countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

The global food crisis (2008/2011) had a significant effect on food prices and consequently on food security. In particular, the developing countries are believed to be affected the most. This PhD-thesis analyses different stakeholders along the wheat supply chains at different levels. In particular, Russia’s trade policy towards CIS countries will be analyzed. It is assessed up to what extent Russia’s trade policy is determined by economic or political factors. Furthermore, governments’ trade and competition policies and their impacts on the development of the flour processing units within the industry and among the CIS countries will be investigated. Last but not least, welfare implications of the commodity price volatilities and trade policies during the last years characterized by high global price volatilities for grain will be quantified using panel data from Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Integrated Household Survey). It is aimed at formulating policy advises, since governments often do interfere with price stabilization and other policies.

The thesis is part of the project MATRACC – The Global Food Crisis – Impact on Wheat Markets and Trade in the Caucasus and Central Asia and the Role of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.


Project Staff

Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld (Supervisor)
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