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Heterogeneous efforts in voluntary programmes on food safety

Elodie Rouviere (), Raphael Soubeyran () and Céline Bignebat
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Céline Bignebat: UMR MOISA - Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - CIHEAM-IAMM - Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier - CIHEAM - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement - Montpellier SupAgro - Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques

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Abstract: In this article we discuss the efforts made by importers of fresh produce within a voluntary programme on food safety. We show theoretically that the larger the rms the lower their efforts directed at food safety. We test this proposition using original primary data from a voluntary programme implemented by French importers of fresh produce. Our results contrast with evidence from environmental economics that large rms are more likely to be proactive with respect to environmental safeguards.

Keywords: Food Safety; Safety Effort; Voluntary Programme (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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Published in European Review of Agricultural Economics, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2010, 37 (4), pp.479-499. ⟨10.1093/erae/jbq037⟩

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DOI: 10.1093/erae/jbq037

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