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A Re-Examination of Multistage Economies in Hog Farming


  • Parcel Joshua D.


  • Schroeter John R.

    () (Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Iowa, United States of America)

  • Azzam Azzeddine M

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, USA)


Current trends in the structure of hog production in the U.S. are toward facilities that are not only larger, but also more likely to be specialized, carrying out only some of the vertically linked phases of production in the same facility. This paper investigates the cost efficiency incentives for these changes by estimating a multistage cost function for hog production. Data are from the Hog Production Practices and Costs portion of the USDA’s 2004 Agricultural Resource Management Survey.

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  • Parcel Joshua D. & Schroeter John R. & Azzam Azzeddine M, 2017. "A Re-Examination of Multistage Economies in Hog Farming," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 15(2), pages 1-15, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bjafio:v:15:y:2017:i:2:p:15:n:3

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