A transaction cost primer on farm organization

Douglas W. Allen, Dean L Lueck

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Abstract

Agricultural economists, with their knowledge of farming, are well positioned to take advantage of the fertile ground of economic organization. The transaction cost paradigm is particularly useful in addressing such questions and is outlined in this paper. The overriding theme in the transaction cost approach is that patterns of ownership and contracts are chosen to mitigate transaction costs, which result from attempts to establish and maintain property rights. In agriculture, transaction costs are heavily influenced by Mother Nature. Nature's uncertainty, via weather and pests, leads to moral hazard and seasonal forces impose constraints on production cycles that are not often found in the production of most other commodities. Applications in land contracts, asset control, and business organization are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-652
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume48
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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business organization
agricultural economists
property rights
land application
transaction cost
assets
ownership
products and commodities
uncertainty
weather
farming systems
Organizations
pests
farm
agriculture
Costs and Cost Analysis
economics
farms
Ownership
Contracts

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A transaction cost primer on farm organization. / Allen, Douglas W.; Lueck, Dean L.

In: Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2000, p. 643-652.

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