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Agri-Environmental Policy and Moral Hazard under Output Price and Production Uncertainty

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  • Yano, Yuki
  • Blandford, David
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    Several theoretical and empirical models have been developed to examine how risk aversion affects compliance with agri-environmental schemes under asymmetric information and uncertainty. However, none has examined the case where the level of compliance is a continuous variable and producers face simultaneous monitoring, output price and production uncertainty. Treating conservation effort as a continuous variable, we show that risk aversion can mitigate the moral hazard problem in most cases. However, if conservation effort has a risk-increasing impact on production the effect of risk aversion on compliance is ambiguous.

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium with number 44323.

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    Keywords: Agri-environmental schemes; uncertainty; moral hazard; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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