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Author Altman, Ira J
Title The organization of exchange in the United States agro-biopower industry
book jacket
Descript 156 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-09, Section: A, page: 3515
Adviser: Thomas G. Johnson
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Missouri - Columbia, 2005
The organization of the biomass exchange is studied using data from a survey of existing biopower generators in, the United States. The choice of exchange mechanism may be a non-technical barrier to the development of biopower from agricultural products such as crop waste, dedicated energy crops and livestock waste. Transaction Cost Economics, one organizational economics theory, is also tested using these survey data to determine if that theoretical perspective may be applied to the development of the agricultural biopower industry. These data are supportive of the theory since some variables are shown to behave as predicted and are statistically significant in regression analysis
Applying the theory to the development of the agricultural biopower industry reveals several important features. The organizational, technical, and spatial decisions must be carefully aligned to ensure efficiency of the biomass transaction. Situational analysis of cases involving different business features implies that search, negotiation, coordination, administrative and enforcement costs are all important costs to consider in developing the industry
School code: 0133
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-09A
Subject Economics, Agricultural
Alt Author University of Missouri - Columbia
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