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Economic Concepts of Organic Certification

Zorn, Alexander; Lippert, Christian and Dabbert, Stephan (2009) Economic Concepts of Organic Certification. Universität Hohenheim , Institut für Landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre (410a).

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Certification is a key element in marketing organic food products. Based on economic theory, this report wants to illustrate the economic reasoning for certification. The intention is to provide a description of economic concepts, which is understandable for a wider audience. We are focusing on the basic economic literature.
Chapter 1 “Organic certification system” describes the current control system in the European Union. Why this is necessary, will then be explained based on a synopsis of economic literature. Of specific significance for organic certification and the CERTCOST project are the concepts of institutional economics and economics of crime. The relevant points of economic theory will be presented and discussed in chapter 2 “Theoretical framework”. Finally, the costs and benefits of organic certification will be illustrated in chapter 3 “Costs and benefits of organic certification”.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:CERTCOST, organic certification, certification costs
Subjects: Farming Systems
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Hohenheim
European Union > CertCost
Related Links:http://www.certcost.org, https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/1597.html?&no_cache=1&state=wsearchv&search=13&einrichtung.eid=57&L=1
Deposited By: Zorn, Alexander
ID Code:16041
Deposited On:01 Sep 2009 11:15
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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