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What Is The Value Of Bt Corn?

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  • Hurley, Terrance M.
  • Mitchell, Paul D.
  • Rice, Marlin E.

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A common perception is that the value of Bt corn arises from two components-Bt corn increases expected profit and reduces profit variability. This perception encourages farmers and the policy makers to add a risk benefit to estimates of the value of Bt corn to account for the variability reduction. However, a conceptual model generates a useful decomposition of the value of Bt corn and a condition determining the impact of Bt corn on profit variability. An empirical model finds that Bt corn increases profit variability and thus decreases the value of Bt corn by 10-25% depending on risk preferences.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL with number 20476.

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  1. Demont, Matty & Tollens, Eric, 2003. "Impact Of Biotechnology In Europe: The First Four Years Of Bt Maize Adoption In Spain," Working Papers 31851, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre for Agricultural and Food Economics.
  2. Hyde, Jeffrey & Martin, Marshall A. & Preckel, Paul V. & Buschman, Lawrent L. & Edwards, C. Richard & Sloderbeck, Phillip E. & Higgins, Randall A., 2003. "The Value of Bt Corn in Southwest Kansas: A Monte Carlo Simulation Approach," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 28(01), April.
  3. Demont, Matty & Tollens, Eric, 2001. "Uncertainties Of Estimating The Welfare Effects Of Agricultural Biotechnology In The European Union," Working Papers 31828, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre for Agricultural and Food Economics.

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