Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Agricultural Economics

First Advisor

Steven Y Wu

Committee Member 1

Paul Preckel

Committee Member 2

Kathy Baylis

Committee Member 3

Steven Martin

Committee Member 4

Cathy Zhang


In this dissertation, I explore some of the issues which could explain why small-scale producers do not supply French bean export markets in Kenya. The main result from these essays is that Kenya's French bean market has structural features - including imperfect contract enforcement, partner search frictions, and limited persistent benefits from contracting - which may help deter small-scale producers from participating in the market.