University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Journal of Agricultural Cooperation

Title What Do We Know About the Economic Efficiency of Cooperatives: An Evaluative Survey
Author(s) Richard J. Sexton and Julie Iskow
Series Volume 8
Issue Date 1993
Abstract A debate has arisen concerning the economic efficiency of cooperatives relative to other organizational forms. This paper discusses the efficiency concepts and economic theory relevant to the debate and then proceeds to study the empirical evidence. No credible evidence exist to support the proposition that cooperatives are inefficient relative to investor-owned businesses.
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