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On the Validity of Gamble Tasks to Assess Farmers' Risk Attitudes

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  • Menapace, Luisa
  • Colson, Gregory

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This article presents evidence on the stability and behavioural validity of alternative survey mechanisms for eliciting farmers' attitudes towards risk. Three hypothetical instruments are considered that differ in terms of the simplicity, context and payoff scale of the decision presented to respondents. Responses are assessed in terms of their relative ability to explain actual farmer crop insurance purchases. Results indicate that measures of risk attitudes are poorly correlated across alternative mechanisms. The strongest positive evidence of behavioural validity is found for the gamble task explicitly defined in the context and scale of farmers' economic activities pertaining to their insurance purchase decision.
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  • Menapace, Luisa & Colson, Gregory, 2012. "On the Validity of Gamble Tasks to Assess Farmers' Risk Attitudes," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124601, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Qiu, Yueming & Colson, Gregory & Grebitus, Carola, 2014. "Risk preferences and purchase of energy-efficient technologies in the residential sector," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 216-229.
    2. Rommel, Jens & Hermann, Daniel & Müller, Malte & Mußhoff, Oliver, 2016. "Comparing The Predictive Power Of Risk Elicitation Instruments: Experimental Evidence From German Farmers," 56th Annual Conference, Bonn, Germany, September 28-30, 2016 244759, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).

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    Risk Attitudes; Lottery Gamble Tasks; Risk and Uncertainty;

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