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Risk-Reducing Effectiveness of Revenue versus Yield Insurance in the Presence of Government Payments

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  • Vedenov, Dmitry V.
  • Power, Gabriel J.

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Government farm support programs such as Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) and Counter-Cyclical Payments (CCP) have payoff structures that effectively make them costless price insurance instruments. A combination of these payments with yield insurance may provide a viable alternative to revenue insurance. This paper finds that, contrary to expectations, the revenue product analyzed is uniformly superior to yield insurance under both current (2002) and proposed (2008) Farm Bill structures of government payments. Given minor adjustments, however, yield insurance combined with government payments can provide more effective risk management than revenue insurance in production areas with low yield–price correlation.

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  • Vedenov, Dmitry V. & Power, Gabriel J., 2008. "Risk-Reducing Effectiveness of Revenue versus Yield Insurance in the Presence of Government Payments," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 40(02), August.
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    1. Branscum, D. Ethan & Nalley, Lawton L. & Dixon, Bruce L. & Siebenmorgen, Terry J. & Tack, Jesse & Danforth, Diana M., 2014. "Implications of Rice Variety Selection to Optimize Returns from Crop Insurance," 2014 AAEA: Crop Insurance and the 2014 Farm Bill Symposium: Implementing Change in U.S. Agricultural Policy, October 8-9, Louisville, KY 184247, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Gabriel J. Power & Dmitry V. Vedenov & Sung-wook Hong, 2009. "The impact of the average crop revenue election (ACRE) program on the effectiveness of crop insurance," Agricultural Finance Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 69(3), pages 330-345, November.
    3. Miao, Ruiqing & Hennessy, David A. & Feng, Hongli, 2016. "The Effects of Crop Insurance Subsidies and Sodsaver on Land-Use Change," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 41(2), May.
    4. Shyam Adhikari & Eric J. Belasco & Thomas O. Knight, 2010. "Spatial producer heterogeneity in crop insurance product decisions within major corn producing states," Agricultural Finance Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 70(1), pages 66-78, May.

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    Keywords

    copulas; crop insurance; farm bill; government payments; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries; Q14; Q18;

    JEL classification:

    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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