Essays on Agricultural Co-operatives; Governance Structure in Fruit and Vegetable Chains
This thesis studies the efficiency of the marketing co-operative for carrying out transactions with farm products. A co-operative is a special type of governance structure, characterised by collective ownership and forward vertical integration. These characteristics influence investment decisions by farmers and other firms in the agrifood chain. As vertical co-ordination has become more important in agrifood markets, investments in production and marketing become co-specialised. The main question is whether the farmerowned co-operative induces optimal incentives for complementary investments in two (or more) stages of the chain. The empirical research focuses on the Dutch fruit and vegetable industry.
|Keywords||Ownership and Governance structures, agricultural co-operatives, agrifood chains, agrifood markets, co-operative firm, contracts, efficiency, farmer owned, incentives, marketing, ownership structures, producer organizations, retailers, transactions, vertical integration|
|Sponsor||Erasmus University Rotterdam. Promotor: Prof.dr. G.W.J. Hendrikse. Other members: Prof.dr.ir. H.W.G.M. van Heck, Prof.dr. B. Krug, Prof.dr. C.P. Veerman|
Bijman, W.J.J.. (2002, June 13). Essays on Agricultural Co-operatives; Governance Structure in Fruit and Vegetable Chains (No. ERIM PhD Series;EPS-2002-015-ORG). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/867