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Assessing the Impact of Food Safety Requirements on the Performance of Canadian Agri-Food Exporters

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Title: Assessing the Impact of Food Safety Requirements on the Performance of Canadian Agri-Food Exporters
Author: Damalie, Ernest
Department: Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Program: Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics
Advisor: Henson, Spencer
Abstract: This thesis assesses the impact of food safety requirements on the performance of Canadian agri-food exporters. Drawing from the resource-based theory of the firm, the first model focuses on the determinants of food safety challenges, and the second model measures the impact of food safety challenges on the export performance of firms using two indicators; sales growth and number of export markets. The probit results show that food safety challenges matter, and they are one of the key drivers of export performance for Canadian agri-food exporting firms; though the impact of food safety challenges on export sales growth is bigger than the number of export markets. The OLS regression results show that food safety challenges are influenced by prior investments in the internal food safety resources as well as the implemented food safety systems within the firm.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9160
Date: 2015-09
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