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Organizational Issues in the Agri-Food Sector: Toward a Comparative Approach


Claude Menard


Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Peter G. Klein


University of Missouri, Division of Applied Social Sciences; Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration; Ludwig von Mises Institute

January 2004

CORI Working Paper No. 04-03

Abstract:     
International comparisons are increasingly popular in empirical studies of economic organization, financial-market performance, and political economy. Besides providing a broad set of firms and industries to compare, these studies highlight the interaction between the institutional environment - the "rules of the game" such as property rights, the legal system, the political process, and social norms - and the organizational arrangements trading partners design to govern their relationships. This paper outlines a research program comparing the economic organization of agriculture in the U.S. and European Union (E.U.). While both have highly developed agricultural sectors, there is substantial variation in organizational arrangements between and within the two. History and path dependence explain some of this variety, but other local conditions are important as well. For instance, European farms tend to be smaller than U.S. farms and more tightly interwoven with cities and tourist areas, so European agriculture is more closely tied with local economic, demographic, and cultural issues.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: organizational economics, comparative analysis, agriculture

JEL Classification: D23, L1, L2, Q13

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Date posted: March 1, 2004  

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Menard, Claude and Klein, Peter G., Organizational Issues in the Agri-Food Sector: Toward a Comparative Approach (January 2004). CORI Working Paper No. 04-03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=509007 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.509007

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Claude Menard
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )
12, place du Panthéon
Paris, IL
France
Peter G. Klein (Contact Author)
University of Missouri, Division of Applied Social Sciences ( email )
135 Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-882-7008 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://web.missouri.edu/~kleinp
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )
Breiviksveien 40
N-5045 Bergen
Norway
Ludwig von Mises Institute ( email )
Auburn, AL
United States
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