Status, Quality, and Social Order in the California Wine Industry

  title={Status, Quality, and Social Order in the California Wine Industry},
  author={Beth A. Benjamin and Joel Podolny},
  journal={Administrative Science Quarterly},
  pages={563 - 589}
This paper examines how a producer's status in the market influences its choices about product quality, and the outcomes that result. We compare economic models of reputation that emphasize the role of past quality as a source of information about current quality with sociological models of status that emphasize the role of affiliations. We test hypotheses about the complementary effects of status and reputation in an analysis of more than 10,000 affiliation decisions made by 595 wineries over… 

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