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Organic Farming Certification – the Costs of Reducing Transaction Costs

Zorn, Alexander (2008) Organic Farming Certification – the Costs of Reducing Transaction Costs. In: Hambrusch, Josef; Hunger, Franz; Oedl-Wieser, Theresia; Penker, Mariane; Peyerl, Hermann; Pistrich, Karlheinz; Pöchtrager, Siegfried and Reiter-Stelzl, Josefa (Eds.) Neue Impulse in der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft?! - 18. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Agrarökonomie, Tagungsband 2008 , ÖGA, Wien, pp. 79-80.

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Summary

Since 1991, the European Union regulates the organic food market. By implementing the organic regulation and the corresponding inspection and certification system, organic markets were fostered, but the financial costs and bureaucratic drift of this system are controversial. Up to now, there exist only very rough estimates of the overall burden of organic producers, mostly considering only the cash costs and neglecting opportunity costs of the certified entities, which are likely to be of considerable magnitude. As a first step in approximating the amount of these costs, this paper uses the concept of Transaction Costs in order to identify and structure the relevant cost types. The quantification of this concept needs data which will soon become available.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic farming, Certification, Institutional economics, Transaction costs
Subjects: Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: European Union > CertCost
Germany > University of Hohenheim > Production Theory and Resource Economics
Related Links:http://www.certcost.org/
Deposited By: Zorn, Alexander
ID Code:17173
Deposited On:18 Jun 2010 15:41
Last Modified:21 Jun 2010 07:53
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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