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Weather Risk and the Viability of Weather Insurance In Western China


  • Turvey, Calum G.
  • Kong, Rong
  • Belltawn, Burgen


This paper presents preliminary results on the possible demand for weather insurance in China. Results from 1,564 farm households from Western and Central China between October 2007 and October 2008 suggest that the greater risk for farmers is drought followed by excessive rain. Heat is less critical as a risk but more significant than cool weather. Results suggest a strong interest in precipitation insurance with 50% and 44% of respondents indicating strong interest in the product. Supplementary results indicate that interest is equal between planting, cultivating, and harvesting. Furthermore results suggest that farmers are willing to adopt new ideas, and where possible already take action to self insure through diversification and other means, The results are encouraging. Examples and discussion of how weather insurance can be implemented is included in the text.

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  • Turvey, Calum G. & Kong, Rong & Belltawn, Burgen, 2009. "Weather Risk and the Viability of Weather Insurance In Western China," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49362, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea09:49362

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    1. Sun, Baojing & van Kooten, G. Cornelis, 2015. "Financial weather derivatives for corn production in Northern China: A comparison of pricing methods," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 201-209.
    2. Linging Hou & Dana L.K. Hoag & Yueying Mu, 2011. "Testing for adverse selection of crop insurance in northern China," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 3(4), pages 462-475, November.

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    weather insurance; rainfall insurance; China; Agricultural and Food Policy; Agricultural Finance; International Development; Risk and Uncertainty;

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