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Crop Insurance, Land Allocation, and the Environment

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  • Walters, Cory G.
  • Shumway, C. Richard
  • Chouinard, Hayley H.
  • Wandschneider, Philip R.

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Government programs that help agricultural producers manage risk may have environmental consequences. In recent years, premium subsidies for crop insurance have been increased substantially to encourage greater producer participation. Using detailed, producer-level crop insurance contract data in four regions, we investigate whether adverse environmental effects have resulted from these increased subsidies. We find some association between environmental effects and insurance contracts. On average, however, we find that environmental effects are generally small and as often beneficial as adverse. More importantly, we find that results are specific to local conditions and to particular environmental indicators and may be hidden in aggregate analysis.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:134289

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Keywords: acreage decision; crop insurance; environment; Environmental Economics and Policy; Risk and Uncertainty;

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  1. Dolginow, Joseph & Massey, Raymond & Myers, Brent & Kitchen, Newell, 2013. "Adjusting Crop Insurance APH Calculation to Accommodate Biomass Production," 2013 AAEA: Crop Insurance and the Farm Bill Symposium, October 8-9, Louisville, KY 156945, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Olen, Beau & Wu, Junjie, 2013. "Supply of Insurance for Specialty Crops and its Effect on Yield and Acreage," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150787, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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