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Optional Unit Policy In Crop Insurance

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  • Shaik, Saleem
  • Atwood, Joseph A.

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Utilizing ordered logit we examine the presence of two kinds of asymmetric information-adverse selection (intertemporal variability) and moral hazard (interspatial and/or residual variability) as revealed by the choice of optional units in Federal crop insurance utilizing Risk Management Agency's 1996-2000 cotton yield and loss data files. Further, a tobit model is estimated to examine the factors explaining the loss cost ratio from Risk Management Agency perspective. Potential costs of adverse selection and/or moral hazard in optional unit provision are estimated to be as high as $180 million in US cotton over the 1996-2000 period. Keywords: Adverse Selection, Moral Hazard, Optional Unit Policy, Crop Insurance, U.S. Cotton, Logit and Tobit models.

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  • Shaik, Saleem & Atwood, Joseph A., 2002. "Optional Unit Policy In Crop Insurance," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19741, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    1. Shaik, Saleem & Atwood, Joseph A., 2003. "Demand for Optional Units in Crop Insurance," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 21890, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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