Institutional gaps: The argentine restriction on agricultural production industry speaks

M. Alvarado Ledesma, Peter D. Goldsmith

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This article aims to explain the implications of weak institutions on agribusiness investment in Argentina. Weak institutions lead to policy development and enforcement grounded in the mo-ment, rather than based on precedent and deliberative processes over time. Political exigencies and election cycles challenge policymakers to yield to legal precedent, rule of law, international standards in an environment of weak institutions. We suggest, and welcome critique, that the weak institutional environment in Argentina allows for capricious tax, trade, pricing, and in-vestment policies by government to the point of creating undo business uncertainty. This uncer-tainty results in an inferior agribusiness investment environment, which in turn reduces the po-tential economic impact a robust agribusiness complex could provide to the nation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • Agribusiness
  • Argentina
  • Business environment
  • Institutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Business and International Management


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