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Organizations, Structures and Performances

Organizations, Structures and Performances (OSP)

Group leaders: Karine Latouche and Sabine Duvaleix-Tréguer

Secretary: Catherine Vassy

The research programme “Organizations, Structures and Performances » (OSP) develops theoretical and empirical analyses in international, industrial economics and economic geography applied to agricultural and agri-food sectors as well as wholesalers and retailers.

While some of our researches are specific to the context faced by agri-food firms, some of our developments aim at improving the academic debate in agricultural, international and industrial economics and economic geography. The production of high-quality expertise based on our research is also a very important activity for all members participating in this research programme.

Work in this domain covers a broad range of issues. First, our research aims at better understanding the determinants and implications of international trade on agri-food firms by focusing on micro-economic analyses of export performance in line with recent work in international economics. In these works, macroeconomic changes (non-tariff barriers, agricultural and demand price volatility, agricultural policy reforms, etc.) are included in the analyses of export performance and import choices. Secondly, we want to identify the impact of industrial strategies and governance modes (cooperative versus private) on the competitiveness of firms focusing, for instance, on the quality and product choices made by firms to all its destinations, the adoption of voluntary quality schemes and vertical coordination modes (contract or integration in particular). Indeed, as in other sectors, the modes of coordination between the various firms in value chains are renewed. In the OSP research programme, we are interested in the reasons for these structural changes in the field of agricultural economics (which broadly emphasizes the analysis of individual decisions and agricultural markets) and their implications in terms of economic and environmental performance of the sectors. An important challenge for the OSP members is to mobilize tools from industrial economics.

Key publications

  • Duvaleix-Tréguer, S., Soler, L.-G. (2016)
    "Prescriptive labeling of food products: a suitable policy instrument?"
    Revue d'Economie Politique, 126(5):895-919
  • Gaigné, C., Larue, B. (2016).
    "Quality standards, industry structure and welfare in a global economy."
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98: 5, pp. 1432-1449.
  • Turolla, S. (2016).
    "Spatial Competition in the French Supermarket Industry."
    Annals of Economics and Statistics, June 2016: 121-122, pp. 213-259.
  • Agbo M., Rousselière D., Salanié J. (2015).
    "Agricultural Marketing Cooperatives with Direct Selling: A Cooperative Non Cooperative Game."
    Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 109, pp. 56-71.
  • Cheptea, A., Latouche, K., Emlinger, C. (2015).
    "Multinational Retailers and Home Country Food Exports."
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97: 1, pp. 159-179.
  • Latouche, K., Chevassus-Lozza, E. (2015).
    "Retailer supply chain and market access: Evidence from French agri-food firms certified with private standards."
    World Economy, 38: 2, pp. 1312-1334.
  • Salladarré, F., Brécard, D., Lucas, S., Ollivier, P. (2015).
    "Are French consumers ready to pay a premium for eco-labelled seafood products?"
    Agricultural Economics, 47:2, pp. 247-258.
  • Cardebat J.M., Harribey L., Musson, A.(2014).
    "Représentation du développement durable dans les PME françaises: vers une nouvelle gouvernance territoriale ?"
    Revue d’Économie Régionale et Urbaine, pp. 557-573.
  • Coisnon T., Oueslati W. et Salanié J. (2014).
    "Urban sprawl occurrence under spatially varying agricultural amenities."
    Regional Science and Urban Economics, 44, pp 38-49.
  • Gaigné, C.Le Mener, L. (2014).
    "Agricultural Prices, Selection, and the Evolution of Food Industry."
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96: 3, pp. 884-902.