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Digging into Background Risk: Experiments with Farmers and Students

  • David H. Herberich
  • John A. List

The article reports on a study that provides understanding of how risk preferences and other factors influence a farmer's decision to participate in a carbon offset market. It states incorporating background risk in a laboratory setting and drawing subjects from both a standard student population and a nonstandard farmer population helped to understand the decision making process. The study suggests that farmers are slightly more risk averse than students.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 457-463

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:94:y:2012:i:2:p:457-463
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