Exploring the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Cooperative Members' Switching Decisions

Tim Viergutz, Birgit Schulze-Ehlers


This article analyses the spatiotemporal dynamics of the actual switching behaviour of farmers’ in a dairy cooperative’s membership base. Space-time permutation scan statistic is used to identify clusters of switching decisions in space and time, while objective and publicly available indicators are related to the occurrence of these clusters. The analysis reveals two classes of clustered switching decisions: Clusters in which many farmers switch on a particular day and clusters covering longer periods of time with farmers switching in a herd-like pattern. Additionally, the relationship between farm sizes as well as price incentives and clustered switching decisions is observed. [EconLit citations: Q13; C23; L25].


supply base dynamics; spatiotemporal clustering; space-time permutation scan statistic

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18461/ijfsd.v9i5.955

ISSN 1869-6945


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