Balancing Grower Protection Against Agency Concerns: An Economic Analysis of Contract Termination Damages
AbstractThis study examines legislation that would grant growers termination damages if their contracts are terminated. Our model suggests that, with no contracting frictions, damages would not reduce ex ante efficiency as processors can contract around damages through contract restructuring. Growers would earn less under continuation but would be protected if terminated, although overall expected profits would be unaffected. However, when contracting friction exist, then efficiency losses can occur as processors would be constrained in restructuring contractual incentives to deal with moral hazard. Growers' expected profits would increase while processors' profit would decrease.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Volume (Year): 33 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Contract law; Contract regulation; Damages; Incentives; Principal-agent; Farm Management;
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- Fan, Maoyong & Lee, Myoungki & Wu, Steven Y., 2004. "Balancing Grower Protection Against Agency Concerns: An Economic Analysis of Contract Termination Damages," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20392, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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