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Comparing risk attitudes of organic and non-organic farmers with a Bayesian random coefficient model

  • Cornelis Gardebroek
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    Organic farming is usually considered to be more risky than conventional farming, but the risk aversion of organic farmers compared with that of conventional farmers has not been studied. Using a non-structural approach to risk estimation, a Bayesian random coefficient model is used to obtain individual Arrow--Pratt coefficients of absolute risk aversion for a sample of Dutch organic and non-organic arable farmers. The model is estimated using Gibbs sampling. The results indicate that organic farmers are significantly less risk averse than their non-organic colleagues. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics in its journal European Review of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 485-510

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