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The Persistence Of Profitability In The Food And Agribusiness Sector

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  • Schumacher, Sara K.
  • Boland, Michael A.

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We evaluate the persistence of incremental industry, firm-specific, and corporate-parent effects on firm profitability across the food and agribusiness sector and further analyze the persistence within four major sectors: processing, wholesale, retail, and restaurant. Results suggest that industry effects are more persistent than corporate effects across the food and agribusiness sector. Results also suggest the retail supermarket sector has had relatively stable profits due to both industry and firm effects during the time period under study. The results have implications with respect to research and extension programs targeted toward educating producers and management about producer-owned businesses.

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  • Schumacher, Sara K. & Boland, Michael A., 2003. "The Persistence Of Profitability In The Food And Agribusiness Sector," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22124, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    1. Ani L. Katchova & Sierra J. Enlow, 2013. "Financial performance of publicly-traded agribusinesses," Agricultural Finance Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 73(1), pages 58-73, May.

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