Hedonic price analysis of the internet recreational equine market

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dc.contributor.author Freeborn, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-08T14:30:36Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-08T14:30:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-08T14:30:36Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/1129
dc.description.abstract Hedonic pricing models have long been used to evaluate prices in high-end segments of the equine industry. However, the lower end markets, including most of the recreational and pleasure horses, have yet to be studied in the economic literature. This study evaluates characteristics affecting the price of recreational horses advertised online, and provides a framework for future market studies on various segments of the equine industry. Data were collected in both the spring and fall of 2008, in addition to a survey being conducted in the fall to collect more accurate pricing information. Three different functional forms were used and their outcomes discussed to determine which one best fit the data. Results show that the semi-log functional form appeared to best fit the data. Characteristics that consistently showed statistical significance included the horse being advertised using a photo ad, the age of the horse, and whether or not the horse was registered. Gender variables and the state which the horse was sold from showed statistical significance in most of the models; although the variables denoting breed were statistically significant as a group, no model consistently found statistical significance in any of the variables individually. Color characteristics did not demonstrate statistical significance consistently in any model. Finally, suggestions for future research are discussed. Data issues could be avoided with larger or more specific data sets; various data sources could be examined or created such as live equine auctions; regions could be examined by show or rodeo circuit instead of by state. There are political issues in the industry that need to be addressed, but a lack of available data needs to be examined and corrected before many issues can be thoroughly examined. The equine industry is often overlooked in economic literature and is a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry which deals with legislative and taxation issues just like the rest of the agricultural world and is deserving of attention. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Equine pricing en
dc.subject Hedonic model en
dc.subject Horse market en
dc.subject Recreational en
dc.subject Internet en
dc.title Hedonic price analysis of the internet recreational equine market en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Science en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Agricultural Economics en
dc.description.advisor Ted C. Schroeder en
dc.subject.umi Agriculture, General (0473) en
dc.subject.umi Economics, Agricultural (0503) en
dc.date.published 2009 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en

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