Speculation on Agricultural Commodities: A Brief Overview
29 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2013
Date Written: September 29, 2013
This short essay on financial speculation with agricultural commodities offers (1) a survey of the real economy factors that caused recent hunger crises, (2) an overview of academic research on the impact of index-based financial speculation on agricultural futures markets, and (3) a discussion of political measures that are appropriate for im-proving global food security. The arguments are supported by numerous graphs.
Keywords: speculation, futures market, hunger, food security, index funds
JEL Classification: D84, G12, G13, G14, Q13, Q18
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