Wheat or strawberries? Intermediated trade with limited contracting

Kala Krishna, Yelena Sheveleva

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


Why do developing countries fail to specialize in products in which they appear to have a comparative advantage? We propose a model of agricultural trade with intermediation that explains how hold up resulting from poor contracting environments can produce such an outcome. We use the model to explore the role of production subsidies, support prices, easing sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, and the creation of local markets in resolving the hold up problem. The model highlights the importance of infrastructure in aligning production outcomes with comparative advantage and sheds light on the pass-through of the world price to the producer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-62
Number of pages35
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Microeconomics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Wheat or strawberries? Intermediated trade with limited contracting'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this