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Are contracts strange animals in international fresh fruit trade?

Iciar Pavez (), Jean-Marie Codron () and Paule Moustier
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Iciar Pavez: 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
Paule Moustier: 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, Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement

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Abstract: There is not a clear divide in literature between formal and informal contracts. The classical approach which is based on criteria like court enforcement or written content does not suffice for describing the international contracts under scrutiny in our case study of the Chilean fruit trade. Using Lyons´ (1994) approach and primary and secondary data, this article analyses the factors influencing the choice of signing. Our non parametric results show that distrust and changes in food chains have respectively a negative and positive significant impact on this choice.

Keywords: trust; uncertainty; trade; formal informal contracts; enforcement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-08-26
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Published in 14. EAAE Congress: "Agri-Food and Rural Innovations for Healthier Societies", European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE). INT., Aug 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 13 p

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