The present study compares the evolution of the theory of economic organization with the structure of agricultural contracts on on the basis of specific empirical data. In a nutshell, if the goal of organizational economists is to study how the real economic system works, then I raise the argument that the use of data collected on agricultural contracts does not provide sufficient information and only captures part of the structure of the incentives in most of the institutional arrangements. The proposition is that if data based on existing contracts is used, not considering transactions governed by means other than formal contracts, or not considering dynamic relational and learning aspects embedded in the contractual relation, the results can lead to false conclusions.
Keywords: Contratti agricoli, meccanismi informali di transazione, evidenze empiriche
Jel Code: Q10, L1, L14