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Contracts and Quality in the California Winegrape Industry

  • Rachael E. Goodhue
  • Dale M. Heien
  • Hyunok Lee
  • Daniel A. Sumner

We analyze the relationship between product quality and contracting choices using the results of a survey of California winegrape growers. Growers who produce high-quality grapes are more likely to use formal written contracts than are growers who produce low-quality grapes. Written contracts for high-quality grapes are more likely to include provisions regarding the production process, while written contracts for low-quality grapes are more likely to include explicit financial incentives for sugar content and other product attributes.

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Volume (Year): 23 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3_4 (December)
Pages: 267-282

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