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dc.contributor.advisorSykuta, Michael E.eng
dc.contributor.authorJang, Jongickeng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Summereng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on July 27, 2009)eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation studies factors influencing the rapid transition from spot markets to contracts recently observed in the exchanges between farm producers and processors or distributors. In particular, it attempts to fill gaps between the existing literature on organizational form choice and processors' or retailers' practices on contract choice recently observed in the agro-food sector by offering theoretical arguments and empirical analysis. On the theoretical side, it develops the concept of product specificity to a buyer by looking at the interaction between processors' or retailers' product differentiation activities in downstream markets and their procurement practices in upstream markets and then incorporates it into the existing theories of contracts to more consistently explain the rapid transition. On the empirical side, the product specificity analytical framework is applied to a more comprehensive analysis of contract structure and choice in the US pork industry. The results from long-term hog procurement contract documents analysis and an econometric analysis of the primary data generated from a survey of pork packers support the theoretical arguments.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.identifier.merlinb70583845eng
dc.identifier.oclc427901303eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/5607eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/5607
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshProduct differentiationeng
dc.subject.lcshCommodity exchangeseng
dc.subject.lcshContracts, Agriculturaleng
dc.subject.lcshAgriculture -- Economic aspectseng
dc.titleProduct differentiation and the role of contracts : the US pork industry caseeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural economics (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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