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French apple exports faced with the constraint of “in-transit cold treatment”: a case study of institutional “path dependence”

Les exportations françaises de pommes face à la contrainte du traitement au froid en transit. Un cas de dépendance de sentier institutionnel

Pasquale Lubello (), Jean-Marie Codron () and Vincent Mathieu-Hurtiger ()
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Pasquale Lubello: UMR MOISA - Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs - 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 - CIHEAM-IAMM - Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier - CIHEAM - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - Montpellier SupAgro - Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques, 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
Vincent Mathieu-Hurtiger: CTIFL - Centre Technique Interprofessionnel des Fruits et Légumes

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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to illustrate the concept of path dependence through the case of a cold treatment technique used in the international apple trade during sea transit to prevent the introduction or dissemination of quarantine organisms in importing countries. We show that this technique is now systematically required and functions as a "de facto" standard, despite the existence of potentially less costly, and equally effective, alternative treatment methods. Drawing on the institutional literature on path dependence, we show that the negotiation costs that an exporting country would have to bear in order to have its trading partners accept a more efficient alternative method can be so high that it becomes preferable to continue using the current technique despite its higher adoption cost.

Keywords: international trade; cold treatment; path dependence; negotiation cost; commerce international; pomme; fruit frais; traitement au froid; dépendance de sentier; coût de négociation; apple (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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Published in 2019, pp.29-46. ⟨10.4000/economierurale.7176⟩

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DOI: 10.4000/economierurale.7176

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