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Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization

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A Re-Examination of Multistage Economies in Hog Farming

Joshua D. Parcel / John R. Schroeter / Azzeddine M Azzam
Published Online: 2017-12-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jafio-2017-0033


Current trends in the structure of hog production in the U.S. are toward facilities that are not only larger, but also more likely to be specialized, carrying out only some of the vertically linked phases of production in the same facility. This paper investigates the cost efficiency incentives for these changes by estimating a multistage cost function for hog production. Data are from the Hog Production Practices and Costs portion of the USDA’s 2004 Agricultural Resource Management Survey.

Keywords: ARMS data; hog production; scale and scope economies; vertical integration


This project received financial support from the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (Markets and Trade area), CSREES/USDA, proposal No. 2007-04495. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of CSREES or USDA. The authors gratefully acknowledge helpful communications with Robert Dubman, Nigel Key, and William McBride.


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Published Online: 2017-12-14

National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (Markets and Trade area), CSREES/USDA., (Grant / Award Number: ‘2007-04495’).

Citation Information: Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, Volume 15, Issue 2, 20170033, ISSN (Online) 1542-0485, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jafio-2017-0033.

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