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Measuring Producers' Risk Preferences: A Global Risk-Attitude Construct

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  • Joost M.E. Pennings
  • Philip Garcia
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    In applied agricultural economic research various risk-attitude elicitation techniques are used. Here, we investigate whether risk-attitude measures rooted in the expected utility framework are related to measures rooted in the multi-item scale framework. Using a second-order factor analytical model, and data obtained from personal computer-guided interviews with 373 farmers, we investigate whether the common variance among the (latent) risk-attitude measures can be accounted for by a global risk-attitude construct. We find that the different risk-attitude measures are related, and that the global risk-attitude construct is significantly related to farmers' intention to use futures contracts. Our research suggests that farmers' risk attitude is a higher-order characteristic that cannot be effectively extracted by a single measure. Copyright 2001, Oxford University Press.

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

    Volume (Year): 83 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 993-1009

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:83:y:2001:i:4:p:993-1009

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