Spatial Competition, Arbitrage, and Risk in U.S. Soybeans

This paper analyzes spatial arbitrage and vertical integration of a U.S. soybean-trading firm. A risk-constrained optimization model using Monte Carlo simulation and copula joint distributions is specified. Results show that spatial-arbitrage payoffs vary regionally. Sensitivity results indicate that payoffs and risks increase as firms become more vertically integrated.
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Skadberg, Kristopher; Wilson, William W.; Larsen, Ryan; Dahl, Bruce, Spatial Competition, Arbitrage, and Risk in U.S. Soybeans, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 40, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages 442–456

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