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Farm-Level Evidence On The Risk Balancing Hypothesis From Illinois Grain Farms

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  • Escalante, Cesar L.
  • Barry, Peter J.

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This study provides farm-level empirical support to the Risk-Balancing Hypothesis using Illinois grain farm data. The econometric results indicate that risk-balancing farmers comprise more than half of the sample. These farmers tend to be older, have higher leasing ratios, are less financially efficient and manage risk through crop specialization, enterprise diversification, and marketing strategies in addition to risk balancing.

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  • Escalante, Cesar L. & Barry, Peter J., 2001. "Farm-Level Evidence On The Risk Balancing Hypothesis From Illinois Grain Farms," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20617, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    1. Escalante, Cesar L. & Barry, Peter J., 2001. "Risk Balancing In An Integrated Farm Risk Management Plan," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 33(03), December.
    2. Ali, Mubarik & Farooq, Umar, 2004. "Dietary Diversity And Rural Labor Productivity: Evidence From Pakistan," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20310, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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