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Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain: A literature review on methodologies, impacts and regulatory aspects

Abstract: 
This report constitutes a compilation of the principal issues raised by the speakers at the workshop jointly organised by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and Joint Research Centre on ‘Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain’ held in Brussels between 17-18 July 2017. The workshop brought together international experts in the field of economic and political sciences, who have authored work of relevance for commercial practices in the food supply chains with a view to discuss the available scientific literature on methodologies, impacts and regulatory aspects of UTPs. The workshop discussions addressed the following four topics, and the present report summarises the presentations on them: 1. The strengths and weaknesses of methodologies applied in the literature to analyse UTPs 2. The empirical evidence on the socioeconomic impacts of UTPs 3. The regulatory aspects and enforcement costs of UTPs 4. The way forward to better understand UTPs in food supply chains