Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/100121
Authors: 
Campos-Ortiz, Francisco
Oviedo-Pacheco, Mariana
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Banco de México 2013-16
Abstract (Translated): 
In this paper, we study various key structural features of sugarcane production and sugar mills in Mexico. Regarding the production of sugarcane: (a) we document a U-shaped relationship between the size of sugarcane cultivation plots and their yield, and show suggestive evidence that this relationship is driven by the more intensive use of inputs in smaller and larger plots relative to those of medium size; (b) we argue that there are factors that complicate the functioning of the land market; and (c) we present evidence refuting the conjecture that the mechanism used to determine payments for sugarcane affects negatively the quality of this crop. With respect to sugar mills, we find that those mills that are able to generate electricity more efficiently tend to observe higher returns in sugar production.
Subjects: 
Sugar
Sugar Industry
Competitiveness
Sugarcane
Plot Yield
Sugar Mill Efficiency
JEL: 
D23
D24
L66
Q1
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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