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Productivity growth in the winery sector: evidence from Italy and Spain

Ricardo Sellers-Rubio (Departamento de Marketing, Contabilidad y Marketing, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Veronica Alampi Sottini (Dipartamento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali - GESAAF, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)
Silvio Menghini (Dipartamento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali - GESAAF, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)

International Journal of Wine Business Research

ISSN: 1751-1062

Article publication date: 14 March 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to estimate total productivity change in the winery sector, decomposing it into efficiency change and technical change.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology is based on the estimation of the Malmquist productivity index for a sample of Spanish and Italian wineries between 2005 and 2013.

Findings

The results show very low efficiency levels for the wineries under study. Further, Spanish and Italian wineries show a decrease in their average annual productivity for the period of time analysed.

Practical implications

The analysis of the efficiency and the productivity of the wineries is crucial to improve their competitiveness and guarantee their survival.

Originality/value

For the first time, a comparative analysis is carried out with data from two major wine-producing countries.

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Citation

Sellers-Rubio, R., Alampi Sottini, V. and Menghini, S. (2016), "Productivity growth in the winery sector: evidence from Italy and Spain", International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 59-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWBR-05-2015-0019

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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