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Title.  Series. 1'3311'09549ldc20 96-22253 CIP Page iii Contents Foreword v Abstract vi Acknowledgments vii Executive Summary ix 1. Background 1 Objectives of the Study 2 Overview of the Wheat Marketing and Pricing System 3 Who Bears the Price Risk? 12 2. Price Stabilization and Risk Management: Some Basic Considerations 15 Future Role of Government Intervention 15 Lessons for Pakistan 17 3. Managing Wheat Price Risk by Hedging 20 Alternative Hedging Instruments Available 20 Potential Obstacles to Using Hedging Instruments 21 Effectiveness of Hedging Pakistan Wheat Price Risk 25 How Much of the Wheat Position Should Be Hedged?

Finally, the government's price risk exposure is measured by the variability of subsidy payments per ton (simplified as the CIF price measured in rupees less the release price). The coefficient of variation of this subsidy series is almost 60 percent, indicating that in a typical year subsidy payments will be 60 percent above or below the average payment. This indicates the high degree of instability and risk that the government faces each year. These findings have several important implications for risk management.

Or from Publications, The World Bank, 66, avenue d'léna, 75116 Paris, France. ISSN: 0253-210X Rashid Faruqee is principal economist in, and Jonathan R. Coleman is a consultant to, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (Country Department I) of the World Bank's South Asia Regional Office. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Faruqee, Rashid, 1938.  Coleman. p. cm. (World Bank discussion papers; 334) Includes bibliographical references.  WheatPricesPakistan.  Coleman, Jonathan Roger.

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