Q-Tutorial: Commodity futures exchange – necessary market or reason for food crisis?
Farmers and especially small consumers are dependent on stabile prices for food. But in recent years a higher price variation has been observed for which speculators often are blamed. At commodity futures exchanges natural products like maize, rape or wheat are traded on dates in the future.
In the Q-Tutorial we will analyse the price development at the commodity futures market and the influence of different market players. The course will concentrate on possible social or political consequences of food price crisis in the so-called developing and emerging countries, but also on use of the commodity futures exchange as a risk hedging instrument for producers on the individual markets. The course will discuss the central question:
Commodity futures exchange – necessary market or reason for food crisis?
In the Q-Tutorial we will evaluate positive and negative effects of the commodity futures exchange in different case studies and formulate a policy recommendation, which will be presented at a symposium.
The course is open for all students and specialities.