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Crop diversification and risk: an empirical analysis of Indian states

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  • Mukherjee, Sanchita
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    The current study explores relationship between the crop diversification and risk in India. Herfindahl Index has been used to analyse the level of crop diversification across the major states over the period of study. An effort has been made to compute yield risk and price risk of each state using the Markowitz's Mean-variance theory and map it with the crop diversification for the corresponding states. Result shows that, while the relationship is positive in the case of crop-diversification and yield risk, we cannot conclude the relationship between crop diversification and price risk.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 35947.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2010
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    Keywords: crop diversification; farm risk; yield risk; farm price risk; agriculture risk;

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    1. Firdu Gemech & Sushil Mohan & Alan Reeves & John Struthers, 2011. "Market-Based Price-Risk Management: Welfare Gains for Coffee Producers from Efficient Allocation of Resources," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(1), pages 49-68.
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