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Quality Indicators And Intermediate Products: A Non-Parametric Approach


  • Zago, Angelo M.


In this paper we propose a methodology to measure the characteristics and composition of intermediate products using productivity indicators based on directional distance functions. We evaluate how quality attributes interact with the quantity level in grapes production, and find evidence of a trade-off between quantity and aggregate quality for Chardonnay.

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  • Zago, Angelo M., 2002. "Quality Indicators And Intermediate Products: A Non-Parametric Approach," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19591, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea02:19591

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