Why did contracts supplant the cash market in the broiler industry? An economic analysis featuring technological innovation and institutional response

Carolyn Dimitri, Edward C. Jaenicke, Anne B. Effland

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Abstract

The decision to write contracts for production of commodities can be framed as an institutional response to changing industry and market conditions. When innovations increase available rents to technology owners (or technology appropriators), contracts can replace cash market transactions even though contracts carry higher transaction costs. We proceed by first fully documenting technological innovation in the broiler industry and tracing the evolution of contracts in the broiler industry. Next, we adopt a stylistic model to demonstrate how technological innovation might induce a switch to contract sales from cash market transactions. This paper contributes to the literature by investigating major institutional change in the broiler industry through an integrated analysis that weaves together industry history with elements of institutional economics, transaction cost theory, and game-theoretic economic analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Inventions
Contracts
economic analysis
Industry
broiler chickens
Economics
markets
industry
Game Theory
Technology
Costs and Cost Analysis
economic costs
products and commodities
sales
Broiler
Economic analysis
Technological innovation
Cash
history

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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