The Egg Marketing Board: A Case Study of Monopoly and its Social Costs
Originally put in place to remove boom and bust cycles from the markets for agricultural products, and to ensure producers a fair return, marketing boards have become a highly politicized conduit for the transfer of income from consumers to producers. The extent to which marketing boards transfer income depends on their ability to maintain the price for the product at a higher level than would prevail in a free market. In this study, Professor Thomas Borcherding has applied this principle to estimate the extent to which the British Columbia Egg Marketing Board transfers income from consumers to producers.
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