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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 784; doi:10.3390/su9050784

Determining Factors for Economic Efficiency in the Organic Olive Oil Sector

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Department of Economics, Campus Lagunillas, University of Jaen, building D-3, office 266, 23071 Jaen, Spain
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Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, Campus Lagunillas, University of Jaen, building D-3, office 146, 23071 Jaen, Spain
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Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, Campus Lagunillas, University of Jaen, building D-3, office 107, 23071 Jaen, Spain
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Department of Statistics, Econometrics, Operational Research, Business Organization and Applied Economics, Puerta nueva, s/n, Applied Economics Office, University of Cordoba, 14071 Cordoba, Spain
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 19 March 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 May 2017 / Published: 9 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entrepreneurial Sustainability: New Innovative Knowledge)
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Abstract

Spain looms large worldwide in organic olive oil production. However, this productive potential contrasts with the low internal consumption of the product. This situation makes Spain a world leader in its export. Companies in this sector have clear deficiencies, which must be corrected to ensure their survival over time. In this context, the aim of this study is to analyse the level of efficiency, in economic terms, of organic olive oil producers and to identify the factors explaining the best organizational practices. To do so, Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) have been used. The results reveal low levels of economic efficiency and the variables determining said efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: agri-food sector; organic products; information and communication technologies; DEA; fsQCA agri-food sector; organic products; information and communication technologies; DEA; fsQCA
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Bernal Jurado, E.; Mozas Moral, A.; Fernández Uclés, D.; Medina Viruel, M.J. Determining Factors for Economic Efficiency in the Organic Olive Oil Sector. Sustainability 2017, 9, 784.

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