Price Effects of Common Ownership in the Seed Sector

Antitrust Bulletin, 66, 1, Spring 2021

63 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2019 Last revised: 16 Nov 2020

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Mohammad Torshizi

Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta

Jennifer Clapp

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo

Date Written: November 14, 2020

Abstract

We evaluate the effects of the rise of common ownership in the U.S. seed sector. Using a theoretical model, we illustrate how common ownership changes the nature of competition among firms. Our empirical analysis shows that, even when taking measures to fully separate the effects of market concentration and common ownership, a significant contributor to increase in soy, corn and cotton seed prices over the 1997-2017 period is the rise of common ownership. These findings contribute to the current literature regarding the anticompetitive effects of common ownership and confirm the result of studies performed in other sectors, such as airlines.

Keywords: common ownership, prices, competition, market concentration, seeds, institutional investment

JEL Classification: L41, G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Torshizi, Mohammad and Clapp, Jennifer, Price Effects of Common Ownership in the Seed Sector (November 14, 2020). Antitrust Bulletin, 66, 1, Spring 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338485 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3338485

Mohammad Torshizi (Contact Author)

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Jennifer Clapp

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

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