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Characteristics of demand for California plums


Jerry Foytik

Author Affiliations

Jerry Foytik was Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics and Assistant Agricultural Economist in the Experiment Station and on the Giannini Foundation, Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 20(20):407-527. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v20n20p407. April 1951.

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The development of the plum industry, the economic problems encountered, and attempts at their solution are similar to those of other California deciduous fruit industries. Compulsory regulations on interstate plum shipments, resembling restrictions employed for other commodities, have been imposed frequently since 1933. Continued support for this program presumably signifies the industry’s confidence that grower returns are increased for the shortrun without prejudicing long-run interests. Determination of the effects generated is a crucial problem since limitations currently promulgated are based upon a subjectively determined “feel of the market.”

Advocates of the plum marketing control program have advanced claims to the effect that its operation has been the salvation of the industry and that it should be expanded to cover intrastate, as well as interstate shipments. At the same time, others have regarded such efforts with skepticism, both as to their effectiveness and their desirability. A thorough appraisal of the short-run and long-run effects of market control regulations is in order. Yet no painstaking investigation has been attempted to date.3 Even the pertinent questions to which answers are to be sought have not been carefully catalogued. This study proposes to supply some of the specific information requisite for such an evaluation.

Specifically, the present report is concerned with determining the principal factors responsible for variations in wholesale prices of California plums.

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Foytik J. 1951. Characteristics of demand for California plums. Hilgardia 20(20):407-527. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v20n20p407
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