The evolution of the Dutch dairy industry and the rise of cooperatives : a research note

K. Frenken

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Abstract

Economic historians tend to explain the rise of the cooperative form in agriculture from the advantage of cooperative over private factories in reducing transaction costs with suppliers. This study provides a first test of this thesis using data on 1130 dairy factories in The Netherlands. Indeed, we find that cooperative factories performed significantly better than private factories. The persistence of private factories in certain regions can be explained by first-mover advantages.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameECIS working paper series
Volume201307

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