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Cooperative and Investor-Oriented Firm Efficiency: A Multiproduct Analysis

Jay Akridge and Thomas Hertel ()

Journal of Agricultural Cooperation, 1992, vol. 07, 14

Abstract: A multiproduct variable cost function was used to compare the efficiency of Midwestern cooperative and investor-oriented grain and farm supply firms. Results suggest that cooperatives are no less efficient in a variable cost sense than their investor-oriented counterparts. Concerning fixed input-variable cost elasticities, investor-oriented firms may be more effective in their use of plant and equipment, but cooperatives make more efficient use of other fixed inputs.

Keywords: Agribusiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1992
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