Membership size and cooperative performance: evidence from Ghanaian cocoa producers’ societies, 1930-36

Cazzuffi, Chiara and Moradi, Alexander (2012) Membership size and cooperative performance: evidence from Ghanaian cocoa producers’ societies, 1930-36. Economic History of Developing Regions, 27 (1). pp. 67-92. ISSN 2078-0389

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Abstract

Using a complete panel of Ghanaian cocoa producers' societies in the 1930s, we investigate whether group interaction problems threatened (1) capital accumulation, (2) cocoa sales and (3) cooperative survival as membership size increased. We find evidence of group interaction problems. The net effect, however, is positive indicating gains from economies of scale as cooperatives expanded their membership.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cooperatives; firm survival; collective action problems; Ghana
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
Depositing User: Alexander Moradi
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 11:44
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 13:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39863
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