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Food Safety Regulation and Firm Productivity: Evidence from the French Food Industry

  • Requillart, Vincent
  • Nauges, Celine
  • Simioni, Michel
  • Bontemps, Christophe

The purpose of this article is to assess whether food safety regulations imposed by the European Union in the 2000s may have induced a slow-down in the productivity of firms in the food processing sector. The impact of regulations on costs and productivity has seldom been studied. This article contributes to the literature by measuring productivity change using a panel of French food processing firms for the years 1996 to 2006. To do so, we develop an original iterative testing procedure based on the comparison of the distribution of efficiency scores of a set of firms. Our results confirm that productivity decreased in the poultry processing industry at the time when safety regulation was reinforced.

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Paper provided by Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA) in its series Congress Papers with number 124378.

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