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.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam. Promotor: Prof.dr. G.W.J. Hendrikse. Other members: H.W.G.M. van Heck, Prof.dr. B. Krug, Prof.dr. C.P. Veerman
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Bijman, J. (2002, June 13). Essays on Agricultural Co-operatives; Governance Structure in Fruit and Vegetable Chains (No. ERIM PhD Series;EPS-2002-015-ORG). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Retrieved from