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Title: Crop Insurance, Land Allocation, and the Environment
Authors: Walters, Cory G.
Shumway, C. Richard
Chouinard, Hayley H.
Wandschneider, Philip R.
Keywords: acreage decision
crop insurance
Issue Date: 2012-08
Series/Report no.: Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Abstract: Government programs that help agricultural producers manage risk may have environmental consequences. In recent years, premium subsidies for crop insurance have been increased substantially to encourage greater producer participation. Using detailed, producer-level crop insurance contract data in four regions, we investigate whether adverse environmental effects have resulted from these increased subsidies. We find some association between environmental effects and insurance contracts. On average, however, we find that environmental effects are generally small and as often beneficial as adverse. More importantly, we find that results are specific to local conditions and to particular environmental indicators and may be hidden in aggregate analysis.
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics>Volume 37, Number 2, August 2012
Total Pages: 20
From Page: 301
To Page: 320
Collections:Volume 37, Number 2, August 2012

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