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Why the first cooperative wineries produced poor quality wine, why they were so scarce and why they were set up: evidence from Spain

Samuel Garrido ()
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Samuel Garrido: Universitat Jaume I, Spain

No 1807, Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) from Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica

Abstract: Since the 1950s a substantial part of all European wine has come from cooperative wineries, which since their appearance around the year 1900 have mostly produced cheap, poor quality wine. This paper discusses whether this has been a consequence of their inability to solve a collective action problem. After showing that this is not so, it examines why cooperatives concentrated on the production of bad wine and studies why their market share was small before the 1950s. Lastly, it uses data from Spain to analyse the factors determining the creation of cooperative wineries in the early twentieth century.

Keywords: Wine; Winemaking Cooperatives; Cooperation; Collective Action (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N53 N54 Q13 L66 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr and nep-his
Date: 2018-10
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