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Developing Experience-Based Premium Rate Discounts in Crop Insurance


  • Roderick M. Rejesus
  • Keith H. Coble
  • Thomas O. Knight
  • Yufei Jin


This article addresses the feasibility of implementing an experience-based premium rate discount system in crop insurance. While adverse selection and moral hazard in crop insurance have been extensively studied in the past, discount systems or bonus-malus incentives have not, to our knowledge, been investigated. Our empirical analysis indicates that a crop insurance discount system could be implemented based on a measure of favorable past insurance experience. The estimated average discounts based on the rating methods developed in this study ranged from 5% to 9% (depending on the crop being considered). Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Roderick M. Rejesus & Keith H. Coble & Thomas O. Knight & Yufei Jin, 2006. "Developing Experience-Based Premium Rate Discounts in Crop Insurance," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 88(2), pages 409-419.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:88:y:2006:i:2:p:409-419

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    1. Wilson, William W. & Gustafson, Cole R. & Dahl, Bruce L., 2006. "Production Risk And Crop Insurance In Malting Barley: A Stochastic Dominance Analysis," Agribusiness & Applied Economics Report 23561, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
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