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Organisations, Structures and Performances

Organisations, Structures and Performances (OSP)

Group leaders: Sabine Duvaleix and Karine Latouche

Secretary: Catherine Vassy

The research programme “Organisations, Structures and Performances » (OSP) develops theoretical and empirical analyses in international, industrial, geographical and consumer economics. This work is applied to the agricultural and agri-food sectors and to the retail sector

Our work aims both at improving the academic and societal debates in agricultural, international and industrial economics and economic geography and at enhancing our international visibility. The production of high quality expertise, for various international and national institutions (European Commission, Ministry of Agriculture ...), and based on our research validated by our peers, remains an important activity for all the members participating in this research programme.

Our research work deals with three themes.

International competitiveness and revisited trade gains

Firm competitiveness in the agri-food sectors is a strong issue. On this issue, we are developing research work on firms’ quality strategies. Firms develop these quality strategies to meet mandatory public standards (sanitary and phytosanitary measures) or voluntary standards (geographical indications), or even private standards. We keep on examining the key determinants of firm competitiveness (labour costs, productivity, trade margins, innovation). Furthermore, we will analyse the consequences of international agreements. We will conduct theoretical and empirical work to measure the impacts of trade agreements on margins, the labour market, workers' health and the environment in the agri-food sectors.

Agri-food supply chain and territorial coordination

Our research work focuses on the organisation and performance of the agri-food sectors and their territories. A first research area relates to cooperatives. We measure their economic impacts, their resilience capacity and their vertical organisation in the food supply chain. Cooperatives have key features, through their governance scheme and their close relationship with farmers, which can influence and encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly farming practices. The economic analysis of the agro-ecological transition which includes a collective dimension is a distinctive and more recent orientation of our research work. A second research area focuses on the analysis of the flows (food products, materials, energy) in a circular economy perspective (food recycling and by-products management, social responsibility). Finally, our last research area relates to the location of agricultural production. We aim at quantifying the economic and environmental impacts associated with relocating agricultural production in order to supply the main French urban areas.

Consumption, sustainable attributes and life quality

The first research area aims at studying the determinants of sustainable food consumption. We work on the social context, beliefs, and information about the sustainable attributes of food products. We focus on the trade-offs between social and environmental components and private utility in consumption choices. The second research area deals with non-market goods. Our work focuses on preferences related to urban vegetal and their implications in terms of public policies. We seek to characterise the local vegetal supply. Then, we link it to the users’ life quality to deal with the issues of acceptable environmental and socio-economic transition. We will also analyse the effect of this green space supply on residential location choices and spatial segregation.

Key publications

  • Artis A., Roger B., Rousselière D., Lambert M., Laveyssières J. (2020).
    "Facteurs d’implantation de l’ESS sur les territoires : proposition d’un modèle explicatif."
    Revue internationale de l’économie sociale (RECMA), in Press
  • Bazoche P., Poret S. (2020).
    "Acceptability of insects in animal feed: a survey of French consumers."
    Journal of Consumer Behaviour, in Press.
  • Cheptea A., Gaigné C. (2020).
    "Russian Food Embargo and the Lost Trade."
    European Review of Agricultural Economics, in Press.
  • Musson A., Rousselière D. (2020).
    "Le rôle des coopératives dans la diffusion d’une éco-innovation : le cas de l’adoption de films recyclés par les maraîchers du bassin nantais."
    Développement Durable et Territoires, in Press.
  • Gaigné C., Latouche K., Turolla S. (2020).
    "Compétitivité internationale du secteur agroalimentaire français. C’est quoi le problème?"
    Annales des Mines (1947), réalités industrielles (Mai), 21-29.
  • De Sousa J.C., Disdier A.C., Gaigné C. (2020).
    "Export decision under risk."
    European Economic Review, 121: 103342.
  • Musson A., Rousseliere D. (2020).
    "Social capital and Life Satisfaction: A new approach."
    Economics Bulletin, 40: 1, 359-381.
  • Musson A., Rousseliere D. (2020).
    "Identifying the impact of crisis on cooperative capital constraint. A short note on French craftsmen cooperatives."
    Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, 2020, 35, 101290.
  • Cheptea A., Emlinger C., Latouche K. (2019).
    "Exporting firms and retail internationalization: Evidence from France."
    Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 28: 3, 561-582.
  • Cheptea A., Huchet M. (2019).
    "Will a No‐deal Brexit Disturb the EU‐UK Agri‐food Trade?"
    EuroChoices, 18: 2, 28-36.
  • Coisnon T., Rousselière D., Rousselière, S. (2019).
    "Information on biodiversity and environmental behaviors: A European study of individual and institutional drivers to adopt sustainable gardening practices."
    Social Science Research, 84, 102323.
  • Duvaleix-Treguer S., Ledos F., Lepetit G. (2019).
    "L’usage du digital, facilitateur de la gouvernance? Le cas des coopératives agricoles."
    Revue Internationale de l'Economie Sociale, 351: 1, 68-80.
  • Gaigné C., Sanch-Maritan M. (2019).
    "City size and the risk of being unemployed. Job pooling vs. job competition."
    Regional Science and Urban Economics, 77, 222-238.
  • Lucas S., Gouin S., Lesueur M. (2019).
    "Seaweed Consumption and Label Preferences in France."
    Marine Resource Economics, 34: 2, 143-162.
  • Poizat A., Duvaleix-Treguer S., Rault A., Beaugrand F. (2019).
    "Le marché des broutards en France. Organisation de la filière, transmission de l’information et qualité."
    Economie Rurale, 368, 107-127.
  • Tendero M., Plottu B. (2019).
    "How to implement a participatory decision support for contaminated brownfield? A case study from France."
    Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62: 10, 1736-1760.
  • Gaigné C., Turolla S., Latouche K. (2018).
    "Vertical ownership and export performance: firm-level evidence from the food industry."
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 100: 1, 46-72.
  • Allain M.L., Chambolle C., Turolla S., B. Villas-Boas S. (2017).
    "Retail mergers and food prices: evidence from France."
    Journal of Industrial Economics, 65:3, 469-509.
  • Allais O., Bazoche P., Teyssier S. (2017).
    "Getting more people on the stairs: the impact of point-of-decision prompts."
    Social Science and Medicine, 192, 18-27.
  • Bazoche P. (2017).
    "Sustainable Wine Choice."
    Reference Module in Food Sciences, Elsevier, pp. 1-4.
  • De Cara S., Fournier A., Gaigné C. (2017).
    "Local Food, urbanization, and transport-related greenhouse gas emissions."
    Journal of Regional Science, 57: 1, 75-108.
  • Gaigné C., Letort E. (2017).
    "Co-localisation des différentes productions animales en Europe : l’exception française?"
    INRA Productions Animales 30: 3, 219-228.
  • Plottu B., Tendero M. (2017).
    "Acceptabilité des choix d'aménagement des friches urbaines polluées."
    Revue d'Economie Régionale et Urbaine, 2, 335-353.
  • Ben Slimane M., Huchet-Bourdon M., Zitouna H. (2016).
    "The role of sectoral FDI in promoting agricultural production and improving food security."
    Economie Internationale, 145, 50-65.
  • Duvaleix-Treguer S., Soler L.G. (2016).
    "Prescriptive labeling of food products: a suitable policy instrument?"
    Revue d'Economie Politique, 126: 5, 895-919.
  • Gaigné C., Duvaleix-Treguer S. (2016).
    "On the nature and magnitude of cost economies in hog production."
    Agricultural Economics, 47: 4, 465-476
  • Gaigné C., Larue B. (2016).
    "Quality standards, industry structure and welfare in a global economy."
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98: 5, 1432-1449.
  • Gaigné C., Riou S., Thisse J.F. (2016).
    "How to make the metropolitan area work? Neither big government, nor laissez-faire."
    Journal of Public Economics, 134, 100-113.
  • Laroche-Dupraz C., Huchet-Bourdon M. (2016).
    "Agricultural support and vulnerability of food security to trade in developing countries."
    Food Security, 8: 6, 1191-1206.
  • Salladarré F., Brécard D., Lucas S., Ollivier P. (2016).
    "Are French consumers ready to pay a premium for eco-labelled seafood products? A contingent valuation estimation with heterogeneous anchoring."
    Agricultural Economics, 47: 2, 247-258.
  • Turolla S. (2016).
    "Spatial Competition in the French Supermarket Industry."
    Annals of Economics and Statistics, 121-122, 213-259.