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Risk preference and productivity measurement under output price uncertainty

  • Subal C. Kumbhakar

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    (Department of Economics, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA)

This paper deals with joint estimation of production and risk preference functions in the presence of output price uncertainty. We use quadratic production and utility functions under the assumption that producers maximize expected utility of anticipated profit. A panel data on Norwegian salmon farms is used for this purpose. Empirical results show that all salmon farmers are risk averse. Relative risk premium (the implicit cost of private risk bearing) is found to be about 15% of mean profit. We also find rapid technological change taking place (3.75% per year) in the salmon farming industry.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 461-472

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