Potential gains from specialization and diversification further to the reorganization of activities

Abstract : In economic activities, two main forces guide firm and market structures: specialization and diversification. This paper provides new insights on this topic. We propose measuring gains due to simulated division and/or merger processes of firms. Potential gains come from a reorganization of activities through specialization/diversification and/or size effects. From a database of French farms, our findings demonstrate that even if both processes are beneficial for farming systems, the division gains outweigh the gains obtained by a merger. Moreover, mix changes are more important following a division than following a merger, implying more specialization gains than diversification gains.
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Stéphane Blancard, Jean-Philippe Boussemart, Jean-Paul Chavas, Herve Leleu. Potential gains from specialization and diversification further to the reorganization of activities. Omega, Elsevier, 2016, 63, pp.60--68. ⟨10.1016/j.omega.2015.10.002⟩. ⟨hal-01533526⟩

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