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Spatial-Temporal Model of Insect Growth, Diffusion and Derivative Pricing


  • T.J. Richards
  • J. Eaves
  • M. Manfredo
  • S.E. Naranjo
  • C.-C. Chu
  • T.J. Henneberry


Insect derivatives represent an important innovation in specialty crop risk management. An active over-the-counter market in insect derivatives will require a transparent pricing method. This paper develops an econometric model of the spatio-temporal process underlying a particular insect population and develops a pricing model based on this process. We show that insect derivatives can play an important risk management role in mitigating B. tabaci (whitefly) damage in cotton. Beyond developing a new risk management instrument, the key methodological contribution of this paper lies in pricing derivatives with stochastic properties in both space and time dimensions. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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  • T.J. Richards & J. Eaves & M. Manfredo & S.E. Naranjo & C.-C. Chu & T.J. Henneberry, 2008. "Spatial-Temporal Model of Insect Growth, Diffusion and Derivative Pricing," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 90(4), pages 962-978.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:90:y:2008:i:4:p:962-978

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