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Economic Hysteresis in Variety Selection

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  • Richards, Timothy J.
  • Green, Gareth P.

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Investing in a new perennial crop variety involves an irreversible commitment of capital and generates an uncertain return stream. As a result, the decision to adopt a new variety includes a significant real option value. Waiting for returns to rise above this real option causes a delay in adoption because of economic hysteresis. This study tests for hysteresis in the adoption of wine grape varieties using a sample of district-level data from the state of California. The empirical results show a significant hysteretic effect in wine grape investment, which might be reduced by activities that smooth earnings over time.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 35 (2003)
Issue (Month): 01 (April)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:37310

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Keywords: California; grapes; hysteresis; investment; jump diffusion; real options; variety adoption; wine; Q14; Q11; D92; C34;

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