The advantage of resource queues over spot markets: decision coordination in experiments with resource uncertainty
Fonseca, Miguel A.
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Oxford University Press
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Farmers have to make key decisions, such as which crops to plant or whether to prepare the soil, before knowing how much water they will get. They face losses if they make costly decisions but do not receive water, and they may forego profits if they receive water without being prepared. We consider the coordination of farmers’ decisions, such as which crops to plant or whether to prepare the soil when farmers must divide an uncertain water supply. We compare ex-ante queues (pre-decision) to an ex-post spot market (post-decision & post-rain) in experiments in rural Brazil and a university in England. Queues have greater coordination success than does the spot market.
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Vol. 94, Issue 5, pp. 1136 - 1153