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Contracts and Quality in the California Winegrape Industry

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  • Rachael Goodhue

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  • Dale Heien
  • Hyunok Lee
  • Daniel Sumner

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We analyze the relationship between product quality and contractingchoices using the results of a survey of California winegrape growers.Growers who produce high-quality grapes are more likely to use formalwritten contracts than are growers who produce low-quality grapes.Written contracts for high-quality grapes are more likely to includeprovisions regarding the production process, while written contractsfor low-quality grapes are more likely to include explicit financialincentives for sugar content and other product attributes. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 23 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 267-282

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:23:y:2003:i:3:p:267-282

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Keywords: Contract choice; contract design; quality; wine;

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