Understanding Challenges to Food Security in Dry Arab Micro-States: Evidence from Qatari Micro-Data

Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization 2013 (11) 1

19 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2014

See all articles by Syed Abul Basher

Syed Abul Basher

East West University

David Raboy

NOVA Community College ; George Mason University

Simeon Kaitibie

Qatar University - College of Business and Economics

Ishrat Hossain

University of Technology, Sydney - Faculty of Business - Center for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE)

Date Written: December 22, 2013

Abstract

Using Qatar as a case study, we exploit a novel micro-data set for 102 raw agricultural imported commodities on a shipment-by-shipment basis over the period January 1, 2005 to June 30, 2010. The data comprise over half a million individual observations, with a very rich set of characteristic specifications. Several interesting initial results emerge from the analysis. First, we find evidence of import-price volatility far in excess of world price volatility across a wide spectrum of commodities. Second, supply origins for virtually all commodities are highly concentrated. In many cases, commodities are sole sourced. Third, although less so, concentration is evidenced among Qatari importing companies for certain commodities. Fourth, we notice anomalies that lead to inefficient shipping methodologies and associated increased costs. The paper concludes by providing an empirical illustration of hedonic price modeling for barley followed by guidance for future empirical research.

Keywords: food security, import data, market concentration

JEL Classification: C61, E31, C22, D24

Suggested Citation

Basher, Syed Abul and Raboy, David and Kaitibie, Simeon and Hossain, Ishrat, Understanding Challenges to Food Security in Dry Arab Micro-States: Evidence from Qatari Micro-Data (December 22, 2013). Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization 2013 (11) 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2499890

Syed Abul Basher (Contact Author)

East West University ( email )

Aftabnagar Main Road
Plot No. A-2
Dhaka, 1219
Bangladesh

HOME PAGE: http://syedbasher.org

David Raboy

NOVA Community College ( email )

Sterling, VA 20164-8699
United States

George Mason University

VA
United States

Simeon Kaitibie

Qatar University - College of Business and Economics ( email )

2713 Doha
Qatar

Ishrat Hossain

University of Technology, Sydney - Faculty of Business - Center for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) ( email )

Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

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