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Cotton Quality Price Differentials Paid by U.S. Textile Mills

Rabih H. Karaky, Don Ethridge and Hope Floeck


This paper investigates the price premiums and discounts paid by U.S. textile mills for different cotton quality attributes. The study examines the pricing of cotton from four different growing regions: South, Southwest, San Joaquin Valley, and other Western cotton for the 1994-1996 period. Data were collected from eleven textile mills and marketing cooperatives. Hedonic price analysis was used to examine the price-quality relationships. Results showed that fiber attributes affected cotton price in the four regions differently.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 370 - 373
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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