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Are Crop Yields Normally Distributed?

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  • Weninger, Quinn
  • Just, Richard E.

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The evidence for nonnormality of crop yields is reassessed. Three methodological problems are identified in typical yield distribution analyses: (i) misspecification of the nonrandom components of yield distributions, (ii) misreporting of statistical significance, and (iii) use of aggregate time-series (ATS) data to represent farm-level yield distributions. One or more of these problems infect virtually all evidence against normality to date. The positive contribution of the article is a set of principles that must be followed in any valid investigation of yield normality.

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  • Weninger, Quinn & Just, Richard E., 1999. "Are Crop Yields Normally Distributed?," Staff General Research Papers Archive 5064, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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