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Livestock Revenue Insurance

  • Hart, Chad E.
  • Babcock, Bruce A.
  • Hayes, Dermot J.

(Revised) This paper outlines several possible structures for livestock revenue insurance. The policies take the form of an exotic option--an Asian basket option. The actuarially fair premiums for these policies are equal to the prices of the options they represent. Due to the complexity of pricing Asian basket options, we have combined two techniques for pricing options to reach the actuarially fair premiums. Projected premiums, producer welfare, and program efficiency are evaluated for the insurance products and existing market tools. Using efficiency ratios and certainty equivalent returns, we compare the insurance policies to strategies involving existing futures and options.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 1932.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2001
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Futures Markets, June 2001, vol. 21 no. 6, pp. 553-580
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1932
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  3. Babcock, Bruce A. & Hennessy, David A., 1996. "Input Demand Under Yield and Revenue Insurance," Staff General Research Papers 794, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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  7. Babcock, Bruce A. & Choi, E. Kwan & Feinerman, Eli, 1993. "Risk and Probability Premiums for Cara Utility Function," Staff General Research Papers 596, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  8. Jeffrey R. Stokes & William I. Nayda & Burton C. English, 1997. "The Pricing of Revenue Assurance," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 79(2), pages 439-451.
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