Input quality in the sugar beet industry

Michael Boland, Thomas L. Marsh

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Using 23 years of data (1978-2000), this study examines seven vertically integrated sugar beet plants representing three different companies in the United States. The objective of this research is to identify the marginal costs of producing sugar beets for vertically integrated sugar beet processors as a way of determining the cost savings from higher quality sugar beets. In doing so, we account for quality differences in the sugar beet input that are used to manufacture the refined sugar output. The results quantify links between high quality sugar beets and lower processing costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-128
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006


  • Cost function
  • Product differentiation
  • Production economics
  • Sugar


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