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The planting real option in cash rent valuation


  • Xiaodong Du
  • David A. Hennessy


After entering into a farmland cash rent contract in the fall, a tenant farmer has flexibility over the spring crop choice and the input application level. Failure to account for these options will bias estimates of what farmers should pay to rent land. Applying Monte Carlo simulation methods, this study investigates the option values for these choices. A Multivariate Gaussian Copula (MGC) is employed to account for dependence among yields and prices. Results show that the average cash rent valuation for the real option approach is $33.6 higher than that for the conventional Net Present Value (NPV) method, in which the input intensity option is $0.9. Crop planting sequence is shown to impact the real option value.

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  • Xiaodong Du & David A. Hennessy, 2012. "The planting real option in cash rent valuation," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(6), pages 765-776, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:44:y:2012:i:6:p:765-776
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2010.522524

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    1. Vedenov, Dmitry V., 2008. "Application of Copulas to Estimation of Joint Crop Yield Distributions," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6264, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Tejeda, Hernan A. & Goodwin, Barry K., 2008. "Modeling Crop prices through a Burr distribution and Analysis of Correlation between Crop Prices and Yields using a Copula method," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6061, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture


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