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Equity and efficiency considerations in area versus individual yield insurance


  • Turvey, Calum G.
  • Islam, Zahirul


Equity and efficiency considerations in area versus individual crop insurance are investigated for 609 Ontario cash crop farms. Results show that the relationship between individual and area premiums and risk reduction are explained by systematic and non-systematic yield risk relationships. On average, area insurance premiums are much lower than individual yield insurance premiums, and in terms of efficiency in risk-reduction individual plans are superior to area plans. As it turns out arguments of asymmetric information which has lead some researchers to investigate area vs. individual yield insurance is not totally resolved. Inequities in the benefits of area plans across farmers are not equitably distributed, favouring high-risk producers. Adverse selection causes instability in the pooled contracts which will ultimately cause area insurance plans to fail.

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  • Turvey, Calum G. & Islam, Zahirul, 1995. "Equity and efficiency considerations in area versus individual yield insurance," Agricultural Economics of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 12(1), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaaeaj:173538

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    1. Carriker, Gordon L. & Williams, Jeffery R. & Barnaby, Glenn Arthur, Jr. & Black, J. Roy, 1990. "Risk Reduction Under An Area Yield-Based Crop Insurance Plan for Southcentral Kansas Winter Wheat," Staff Papers 133756, Kansas State University, Department of Agricultural Economics.
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    3. Baquet, Alan E. & Skees, Jerry R., 1994. "Group Risk Plan Insurance: An Alternative Management Tool for Farmers," Choices, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 9(1).
    4. Carriker, Gordon L. & Williams, Jeffery R. & Barnaby, Glenn Arthur, Jr. & Black, J. Roy, 1991. "Yield And Income Risk Reduction Under Alternative Crop Insurance And Disaster Assistance Designs," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 16(02), December.
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    1. Jennifer Ifft, 2009. "Government vs Weather The True Story of Crop Insurance in India," Working Papers id:2268, eSocialSciences.
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    3. M J Bhende, 2012. "Agricultural Insurance in India: Problems and Prospects," Working Papers id:4840, eSocialSciences.


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