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Balancing Grower Protection Against Agency Concerns: An Economic Analysis of Contract Termination Damages


  • Fan, Maoyong
  • Lee, Myoungki
  • Wu, Steven Y.


Using a dynamic principal-agent model, we analyze termination damages that protect growers from contract termination or non-renewal. We show that government imposed breach damages can be distortionary and may not necessarily lead to increased grower welfare.

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  • Fan, Maoyong & Lee, Myoungki & Wu, Steven Y., 2004. "Balancing Grower Protection Against Agency Concerns: An Economic Analysis of Contract Termination Damages," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20392, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea04:20392

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    1. Salas, Paula Cordero, 2012. "Does Contract Enforcement Limit the Distribution of Bargaining Power? An Experimental Study," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124503, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Wu, Steven Y., 2013. "Adapting Contract Theory to Fit Contract Farming," 2014 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2014, Philadelphia, PA 161894, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    3. Cordero Salas, Paula, 2016. "Relational Contracts and Product Quality: The Effect of Bargaining Power on Efficiency and Distribution," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 41(3), September.

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