Agricultural Economics Department


First Advisor

Lia Nogueira

Second Advisor

Kathleen Brooks

Date of this Version

Summer 7-2018


De Oliveira, Vanessa. "Effects of China’s Trade Policies on the U.S. Distiller’s Dried Grains". University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, Nebraska. 2018.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Agricultural Economics, Under the Supervision of Professor Lia Nogueira and Professor Kathleen Brooks. Lincoln, Nebraska : July, 2018.

Copyright (c) 2018 Vanessa De Oliveira


Domestic and export demand for distillers’ dried grains (DDG) has increased since the early 2000s. DDG have become an important component of livestock feed given its nutritional value and competitive price. Over the last decade, China has become one of the major export destinations for U.S. DDG. However, there have been recent changes in trade policies in China. In this thesis, we develop an inverse demand equation to analyze the impact of China’s policies on U.S. DDG prices. The model contributes to the literature by incorporating domestic and international demand through which exogenous shocks, such as China’s trade barriers, may affect U.S. DDG prices. Our results provide evidence that U.S. DDG prices are significantly lower during the time that anti-dumping and countervailing duties are in place.

Advisors: Lia Nogueira and Kathleen Brooks