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West African Trade
A Study of Competition, Oligopoly and Monopoly in a Changing Economy

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107621916

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  • Based on information collected and processed by the Colonial Economic Research Committee between 1949 and 1952, and originally published in 1954, this book examines the key features of the economies of colonial Nigeria and the Gold Coast. Influential economist Peter Bauer assesses the monopolistic tendencies inherent in West African trade structures as well as the repercussions of the colonial government's own, sometimes biased, preferences. This book will be of use to anyone interested in the economic history of West Africa and the economic effects of colonialism.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107621916
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of charts
    Introduction. Scope and method of the study
    Part I. General Aspects of the West African Economies and of the Role of Trade:
    1. Underlying forces and influences
    2. The multiplicity of traders and the productivity of trade
    3. The growth of restrictive tendencies
    Part II. The Import Trade:
    4. Outline of the composition of imports and of their method of distribution
    5. Shares of racial groups and of firms in the import trade
    6. Some topics in the recent history of the import trade
    Part III. Monopolistic and Competitive Influences in West African External Trade:
    7. Criteria, characteristics and bases of monopoly
    8. The advantages of capital and size
    9. Concentration, marketing arrangements and competition (i)
    10. Concentration, marketing arrangements and competition (ii)
    11. Official policies and attitudes and economic concentration
    12. Effects of the immigration policy on monopoly and competition
    13. Further influences of official policy on the trading situation
    14. The supply of ancillary services
    Part IV. The Export Trade:
    15. Outline of the growth, composition and recent history of the export trade
    16. The buying organizations and methods of the merchants and of other intermediaries in the export trade
    17. The shares of firms in the trade in export produce
    18. Aspects of competition in produce buying
    19. Wartime arrangements in the West African export trade and their results
    Part V. The Statutory Marketing Boards and their Policies:
    20. The genesis of the marketing boards
    21. The scope and powers of the marketing boards
    22. The price policies of the marketing boards (i)
    23. The price policies of the marketing boards (ii)
    24. The arguments in support of the price policies of the marketing boards
    Part VI. The Economics of Marketing Reform:
    25. The economics of marketing reform: measures and proposals (i)
    26. The economics of marketing reform: measures and proposals (ii)
    Part VII. Internal Trade:
    27. Principal features of internal trade
    Appendix 1. Statistics of statutory marketing of West African exports
    Appendix 2. The terms of trade of producers of export crops
    Appendix 3. The responsiveness of supply to the prices received by producers
    Appendix 4. The effects of statutory marketing on the processors of export products
    Appendix 5. A note on conditional sales
    Appendix 6. The stockfish agreement

  • Author

    P. T. Bauer

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