nep-agr New Economics Papers
on Agricultural Economics
Issue of 2005‒06‒05
two papers chosen by
Angelo Zago
Universita degli Studi di Verona

  1. Applications of Negotiation Theory to Water Issues By Carlo Carraro; Carmen Marchiori; Alessandra Sgobbi
  2. Rapid Rise of China’s Dairy Sector: Factors Behind the Growth in Demand and Supply, The By Fuller, Frank H.; Huang, Jikun; Ma, Hengyun; Rozelle, Scott

  1. By: Carlo Carraro (University of Venice); Carmen Marchiori (London School of Economics and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei); Alessandra Sgobbi (SSAV and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)
    Abstract: The purpose of the paper is to review the applications of non-cooperative bargaining theory to water related issues – which fall in the category of formal models of negotiation. The ultimate aim is that to, on the one hand, identify the conditions under which agreements are likely to emerge, and their characteristics; and, on the other hand, to support policy makers in devising the “rules of the game” that could help obtain a desired result. Despite the fact that allocation of natural resources, especially of trans-boundary nature, has all the characteristics of a negotiation problem, there are not many applications of formal negotiation theory to the issue. Therefore, this paper first discusses the non-cooperative bargaining models applied to water allocation problems found in the literature. Particular attention will be given to those directly modelling the process of negotiation, although some attempts at finding strategies to maintain the efficient allocation solution will also be illustrated. In addition, this paper will focus on Negotiation Support Systems (NSS), developed to support the process of negotiation. This field of research is still relatively new, however, and NSS have not yet found much use in real life negotiation. The paper will conclude by highlighting the key remaining gaps in the literature.
    Keywords: Negotiation theory, Water, Agreeements, Stochasticity, Stakeholders
    JEL: C72 C78 Q25
    Date: 2005–05
  2. By: Fuller, Frank H.; Huang, Jikun; Ma, Hengyun; Rozelle, Scott
    Abstract: With the rapid growth in China’s dairy industry, a number of recent papers have addressed either the supply or the demand trends for dairy products in China. None, however, presents a systematic explanation for the recent growth in both the supply and demand for dairy products. The goal of this paper is to sketch a more comprehensive picture of China’s dairy sector and to assess the nature of the sector’s development in the coming decades. Drawing upon several empirical studies, we examine the trends in dairy product consumption to create a composite picture of the factors underlying the recent growth. We also empirically investigate the sources of production gains in milk supply and assess the relative importance of expanding herd size, changes in the nature of production, technological change, and improvements in efficiency to the overall growth of milk production.
    Date: 2005–05–27

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