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Private Crop Insurers and the Reinsurance Fund Allocation Decision


  • Keith Coble

    (Mississippi State Department of Agricultural Economics)

  • Robert Dismukes

    (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

  • Joseph Glauber

    (U.S. Department of Agriculture)


This research investigates the strategic behavior of private crop insurance firms reinsured by the USDA through the Standard Reinsurance Agreement. This arrangement allows the private firm to strategically allocate individual policies into different risk sharing arrangements. Thus, firm earnings are conditioned upon accurately forecasting policy loss experience. Our analysis begins with models investigating the characteristics explaining the placement of policies into the assigned risk fund. Then a simulation model of the SRA is used to compare the post-SRA returns of actual firm allocations to two alternative allocation strategies based on aggregate models and a policy-level econometric forecasting model.

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  • Keith Coble & Robert Dismukes & Joseph Glauber, 2005. "Private Crop Insurers and the Reinsurance Fund Allocation Decision," Risk and Insurance 0506003, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpri:0506003
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    Risk; insurance; reinsurance; logit; policy;

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    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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