Working Paper No. 1297

State Trading Deregulation and Prairie Durum Wheat Production

Published: August 22, 2019Pages: 25Keywords: State trading enterprises; Deregulation; Agricultural regulation; Comparative advantageJEL-codes: L43, Q17, Q18, R12, R14

State Trading Deregulation and Prairie Durum Wheat Production Colin A. Carter and Shon Ferguson


We estimate the impact of the 2012 removal of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single-desk on the spatial pattern of durum wheat acres in Western Canada. We analyze changes in durum seeded acres with a panel regression and Census Agricultural Region data from 2004–2016. Our results indicate that removal of the CWB single-desk had a significant impact on total durum production in Western Canada. In addition, we find that the spatial distribution of durum wheat acres shifted towards drier areas, an improvement in the efficiency of resource allocation.​

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