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Using industrial organization and demand models for agribusiness research


  • Julie A. Caswell

    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Chairperson of Regional Research Project NE-165 (Private Strategies, Public Policies, and Food System Performance))


Much recent theoretical and empirical industrial organization and demand research is directly useful in framing and conducting agribusiness research, in particular research on firm strategic decision making. This article discusses selected recent work that applies these models to analysis of firms' branding, product introduction, advertising, and entry|exit strategies. It then turns to applications of such models to analysis of how firm strategy interacts with government regulatory policies in the areas of antitrust, food product safety and quality, and food labeling. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Julie A. Caswell, 1992. "Using industrial organization and demand models for agribusiness research," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(6), pages 537-548.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:8:y:1992:i:6:p:537-548
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(199211)8:6<537::AID-AGR2720080605>3.0.CO;2-5

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    1. Schmalensee, Richard, 1989. "Inter-industry studies of structure and performance," Handbook of Industrial Organization,in: R. Schmalensee & R. Willig (ed.), Handbook of Industrial Organization, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 16, pages 951-1009 Elsevier.
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    1. Saara Hyvönen, 1995. "Competitive advantage, bargaining power, and organizational performance: The case of finnish food manufacturing firms," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(4), pages 333-348.
    2. Ricks, Donald J. & Woods, Timothy A. & Sterns, James A., 1999. "Improving Vertical Coordination Of Agricultural Industries Through Supply Chain Management," Staff Papers 11513, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

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