IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Complementarity among Alternative Procurement Arrangements in the Pork Packing Industry

Listed author(s):
  • Vukina Tomislav

    (North Carolina State University)

  • Shin Changmok

    (Samsung Economic Research Institute)

  • Zheng Xiaoyong

    (North Carolina State University)

We estimate the economies of scale for a sample of pork packing plants and use these estimates together with two other performance measures (EBIT and gross margin) to examine whether the alternative procurement methods for live hogs are complementary. The results indicate that all procurement arrangements portfolios improve plant performance relative to the simple spot market purchases, but the portfolio coefficients in performance equations do not always monotonically increase with the portfolio order. However, looking at the price packers pay to procure their hogs, the results indicate that plants that use a combination of higher-order procurement arrangements on average pay lower prices relative to plants that use the spot market only. Comparing the magnitudes of the portfolio effects with the magnitudes of the individual procurement arrangement effects shows that individual practices have minimal additional impact on the procurement price, indicating that the procurement methods may be complementary.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: For access to full text, subscription to the journal or payment for the individual article is required.

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 7 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-24

in new window

Handle: RePEc:bpj:bjafio:v:7:y:2009:i:1:n:3
Contact details of provider: Web page:

Order Information: Web:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bpj:bjafio:v:7:y:2009:i:1:n:3. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Peter Golla)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.