The opening of Chinese grain market and international grain price fluctuations: an analysis based on the overflow effect of grain price fluctuations

【Abstract】This article uses the co-integration test and vector auto-regression (VAR) model to analyze the relations between Chinese grain prices and international grain prices. With the Baba-Engle-Kraft-Kroner (BEKK) model, it analyzes the overflow effect of international grain price fluctuations on Chinese grain price fluctuations. The study shows that there is no obvious co-integration relation between Chinese grain prices and international grain prices. Nevertheless, when the grain market is becoming more open, the co-integration level between Chinese grain prices and international grain prices is increasing. International grain price fluctuations have big impacts on Chinese grain price fluctuations, but the impacts are different among different varieties of grain. International grain price fluctuations have significant overflow effects on Chinese grain price fluctuations, and the overflow effects are strengthened by the opening of China’s grain market.

【Keywords】 grain; domestic market; international market; price fluctuation; overflow effect;


【Funds】 Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (71373116) Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (71203087) Special Fund for Non-profit Scientific Study on Grain (201313009-1, 201513004) Project of Advantaged Discipline Construction of Universities and Colleges in Jiangsu Province Project of Collaborative Innovation Center for Modern Grain Circulation and Security Project of “Blue Project” in Jiangsu Province Project of Outstanding Young and Middle-age Teacher and Study Overseas of principals of Universities and Colleges in Jiangsu Province

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    [3]. ②First, we estimate VECM or VAR model and gain data including residual term, variance and co-variance. Then, we estimate BEKK model based on the data of residual term, variance and co-variance, in order to receive the results of the overflow effect. [^Back]

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CN: 11-3799/F

Vol , No. 01, Pages 34-57+5

January 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review
  • 3 Research method and data
  • 4 Results and discussions
  • 5 Conclusion
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