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A Study on the Private Sector Inventory of Rice

A Study on the Private Sector Inventory of Rice

Jen-Yao Lee1,Chi-Yuan Lin2, and Chung-Hui Chang3*

Abstract

    This research aims at investigating the available stock of rice in the private sector. Of all 9000 food dealers, 37 main dealers are selected by purposively sampling. This research found that the available stock of rice, to the end of December in 2013, is 100,792.40 tons; meanwhile, the purchase volume of rice is 251,105.90 tons, accounting for 21.22% of private sector purchase volume. Suppose that the average inventory levels of other private dealers are similar to the sampling dealers, we suggest the overall stock of rice be 474,986.31 tons. The estimated inventory levels of the remaining other 22 to 24 sampling dealers, on the premise of omitting outliers, do not show great discrepancy from purposive samples. The sampling selection of this study, therefore, can make sufficient inference about the popularity. The survey cost on domestic inventory level of rice will greatly reduce through this sampling method.

Keywords: Rice, Private Sector Inventory.


1 Department of International Business, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences. itjylee@kuas.edu.tw.
2 Department of Applied Economics, National Chiayi University. cylin@mail.ncyu.edu.tw.
3 Department of Applied Finance, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology. chunghui@hust.edu.tw.
* Corresponding Author, Email: chunghui@hust.edu.tw; Tel: 04-24961100#2401.

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