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A Bayesian Vector Autoregresive Model of the U.S. Dairy Industry. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1898115
- October 2009
- Region: United States
- 176 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
This work develops a structural Bayesian Vector Autoregressive price forecasting model of the U.S. dairy industry based on monthly price, production, and inventory data. It also provides a relatively simple and clear understanding of the quantitative relationships between the prices of milk, cheese, butter, non-fat dry milk, whey, and dry buttermilk. The Bayesian feature allows for more efficient use of prior information, improves handling of seasonality, and solves the degree-of-freedom problem inherent in vector autoregressions. As current production and inventory data affect future prices with a lag, the autoregressive model is especially suitable for short-term price forecasting by dairy producers, processors, and wholesale distributors. Impulse response functions isolate the effects of various shocks on dairy product prices, while error bands indicate forecasting precision. Forecasting errors are found acceptable for practical business purposes.
Krassimir Petrov holds a PhD degree from the Ohio State University in Economics (1999). During 2000-2004 he worked at SBC Communications. From 2005 to 2008 he was a full-time Assistant Professor at The American University in Bulgaria. In 2008 he was an Associate Professor in Finance at Prince Sultan University. Since 2009 he is at Ahlia University.