Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/176551
Authors: 
Tortia, Ermanno
Valentinov, Vladislav
Iliopoulos, Constantine
Year of Publication: 
2013
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity [ISSN:] 2281-8642 [Volume:] 2 [Issue:] 1 [Publisher:] European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) [Place:] Trento [Year:] 2013 [Pages:] 23-36
Publisher: 
European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE), Trento
Abstract: 
The economic nature of agricultural cooperatives is explained by means of a logical continuation of the organizational economics rationale for family farms. The traditional explanations of the importance of family farms is discussed, and embedded in a broader framework which considers their transaction cost-economizing effect and their limitations in terms of limited ability to scale up production and to reach adequate market power. We maintain that these disadvantages represent the major motives for the creation of agricultural cooperatives, whose role lies in enabling the realization of advantages of large scale organization in agriculture while avoiding its transaction costs.
Subjects: 
agricultural cooperatives
irreducible transaction costs
reducible transaction costs
new generation cooperatives
structural change
property rights
JEL: 
L2
L5
L7
Q
Q1
R
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Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Published Version

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