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Economic Crisis And Firms’ Performance: Empirical Evidence For The Greek Cheese Industry


  • KONTOGEORGOS, Achilleas
  • PENDARAKI, Konstantina


The main purpose of this paper is to empirically explore the characteristics of the cheese sector that lead businesses in Greece to profitability. It is also important to evaluate the impact of the current economic crisis on the economic performance of cheese enterprises. This study uses a panel data set that come from balance sheets and income statements of almost 100 companies operating in the cheese sector for the period 2006 to 2011. The first results show that during this economic crisis period, the profitability of cheese businesses has been affected adversely. Moreover, the smaller sized businesses are presenting the most significant efficiency and profitability losses.

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  • KONTOGEORGOS, Achilleas & PENDARAKI, Konstantina & CHATZITHEODORIDIS, Fotios, 2017. "Economic Crisis And Firms’ Performance: Empirical Evidence For The Greek Cheese Industry," Revista Galega de Economía, University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business., vol. 26(1), pages 73-82.
  • Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:26:y:2017:i:1_6

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    1. Bricongne, Jean-Charles & Fontagné, Lionel & Gaulier, Guillaume & Taglioni, Daria & Vicard, Vincent, 2012. "Firms and the global crisis: French exports in the turmoil," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(1), pages 134-146.
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    3. Achilleas Kontogeorgos & Fotios Chatzitheodoridis & Spyridon Arvanitakis & George Theodossiou, 2014. "Greek Small & Medium Sized Dairy &Cheese Enterprises: A Strategic Assessment Under The Economic Crisis," JOURNAL STUDIA UNIVERSITATIS BABES-BOLYAI NEGOTIA, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Business.
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    Greece; Economic Crisis; Cheese industry; Firm performance; Panel Data Analysis.;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models


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