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Simultaneous estimation of risk and time preferences among small-scale cattle farmers in West Africa

  • Liebenehm, Sabine
  • Waibel, Hermann
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    This study investigates risk and time preferences of small-holder cattle farmers in West Africa. We apply a discounted utility model and jointly estimate a prospect theory-based utility function and a quasi-hyperbolic discounting function using a maximum likelihood method. Results show that West African farmers are less loss-averse and are more patient than suggested by comparable studies in Asian developing countries. The main factors influencing farmers' risk and time preferences are cattle herd size and net revenue from sales of cattle products.

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    Paper provided by Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät in its series Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) with number dp-501.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:han:dpaper:dp-501
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