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The cost of agricultural production risk

  • Babcock, Bruce A.
  • Shogren, Jason F.

We examine the relative influence of preferences and technology on producers' ex ante willingness to pay for a reduction in production risk. A risk averse producer pays both an Arrow-Pratt risk premium to stabilize income and a 'production premium' to stabilize yield. Using soil-nitrate risks as our motivating example, we demonstrate that the production premium accounts for 40-85% of producers' willingness to pay for risk reduction. These results demonstrate the relative importance of technology over risk preferences when estimating the costs of agricultural production risk.

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Article provided by Blackwell in its journal Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 12 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 141-150

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Handle: RePEc:eee:agecon:v:12:y:1995:i:2:p:141-150
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