Fed Views, by Reuben Glick, SF Fed: ...Global commodity prices have followed global economic activity as measured by world industrial production. Commodity prices fell during the recent recession and rose with the recovery, which increased demand for raw materials, particularly from developing countries such as China. In fact, increased demand from developing countries accounts for most of the increased world demand for commodities such as oil, wheat, and corn over the past decade. In the case of corn, a substantial amount of increased demand also reflects its use in ethanol production. ...
Posted by Mark Thoma on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 02:43 PM in Economics |