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Calibrating the wealth effects of decoupled payments: Does decreasing absolute risk aversion matter?

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  • Just, David R.

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Arrow's hypotheses regarding the relationship between wealth and risk aversion measures have formed the basis for a large body of empirical research and theory. For example, many have suggested that decoupled farm subsidy payments may increase production as they decrease farmers' risk aversion. This paper develops a new calibration technique designed to measure the minimum change in concavity of a utility of wealth function necessary to describe a particular change in production behavior for some discrete change in wealth. I conclude that measurable changes in production levels should not be produced by changing levels of risk aversion except when wealth changes are a substantial portion of wealth. This tool draws into question the usefulness of Arrow's hypotheses in many current applications.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 162 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 25-34

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:162:y:2011:i:1:p:25-34

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Keywords: Decreasing absolute risk aversion Calibration Diminishing marginal utility of wealth Arrow-Pratt risk aversion;

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  1. Moro, Daniele & Sckokai, Paolo, 2013. "The impact of decoupled payments on farm choices: Conceptual and methodological challenges," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 28-38.
  2. Franken, Jason R.V. & Pennings, Joost M.E. & Garcia, Philip, 2012. "Measuring Risk Attitude and Relation to Marketing Behavior," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124471, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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