nep-agr New Economics Papers
on Agricultural Economics
Issue of 2014‒10‒13
33 papers chosen by
Angelo Zago
Università degli Studi di Verona

  1. U.S. Cotton Acreage Response to Subsidized Crop Insurance, 1995 to 2011 By Tronstad, Russell; Emerick, Ma. Romilee; Sall, Ibrahima
  2. Agricultural Trade Policies and Food Security: Is there a Causal Relationship? By Emiliano Magrini; Pierluigi Montalbano; Silvia Nenci; Luca Salvatici
  3. Farm-level choice of crop insurance coverage level: A preliminary assessment By Johansson, Rob; Worth, Tom; Cooper, Joe
  4. Agricultural Land Retirement for Biodiversity: The Australian Wool Industry By FRASER Iain; WASCHIK Robert
  5. A New Market for an Old Food: The U.S. Demand for Olive Oil By Xiong, Bo
  6. Income and World Food Consumption Creation Date: 1993 By C. Dongling
  7. Is Government Involvement Really Necessary: Implications for Systemic Risk and Crop Reinsurance Contracts By Feng, Xiaoguang; Hayes, Dermot
  8. Buying spatially-coordinated ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation on forest land: an experiment on the role of auction format and communication By Anna Bartczak; Warsaw Ecological Economics Center; Michal Krawczyk; Nick Hanley; Anne Stenger
  9. Sharing Natural Resource Revenues with Affected Communities : Policy Options for Mozambique By Dionisio Nombora
  10. Food Security and Agriculture in Developing Countries: Measurement and hypotheses for impact evaluations. FOODSECURE working paper no. 21 By Olivia Bertelli; Karen Macours
  11. Agricultural Trade Liberalization in a World of Uncertainty: Discussion of the Results of a World CGE Model By BOUSSARD J.M.; GERARD F.; PIKETTY M.G.; CHRISTENSEN A.K; VOITURIEZ T.
  12. Effects of rice price change on welfare: Evidence from households in Fars Province, Iran By BAKHSHOODEH M.; PIROOZIRAD M.
  13. An Analysis of Productivity Growth in Western Australian Agriculture Creation Date: 2000 By N. Islam
  14. Making Grasslands Sustainable in Mongolia: International Experiences with Payments for Environmental Services in Grazing Lands and Other Rangelands By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  15. Policy Modeling Framework for Groundwater Management for Irrigated Agriculture in the Northern Texas High Plains By Lal ALMAS
  16. Simulation of Scenario for Dairy Production Family Farming in Minas Gerais State By Jose Leite; Resende; H.
  17. Are EU trade preferences really effective? A Generalized Propensity Score evaluation of the Southern Mediterranean countires's case in agriculture and fishery. FOODSECURE working paper no. 23 By Emiliano Magrini; Pierluigi Montalbano; Silvia Nenci
  18. A Hedonic Price Model of Consumer Demand for Urban Land Attributes Creation Date: 1984 By C.J. Barnett
  19. Modelling a Trading Scheme for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from European Agriculture. A Comparative Analysis Based on Different Policy Options By Ignacio Pérez; Karin Holm-Müller; Wolfgang Britz
  20. The Effects of Growth in Agriculture on the Western Australian Economy: A CGE investigation Creation Date: 2000 By H. Ahammad
  21. Validation of Spatially Explicit Land Use Choices Based On Probabilistic Theory By Markus Kempen; Thomas Heckelei; Wolfgang Britz
  22. Within- and between- sample tests of preference stability and willingness to pay for forest management By Mikolaj Czajkowski; Anna Barczak; Wiktor Budzinski; Marek Giergiczny; Nick Hanley
  23. Climate Change and Alternative Cropping Patterns in Lower Seyhan Irrigation Project: A Regional Simulation Analysis with MRI-GCM and CCSR-GCM By Chieko UMETSU; K. PALANISAMI; Ziya COSKUN; Sevgi DONMA; Takanori NAGANO; Yoichi FUJIHARA; Kenji TANAKA
  24. Import Penetration, Export Orientation and Plant Size in Indonesian Manufacturing By Sadayuki TAKII
  25. Inverse Integrated Assessment of Climate Change: the Guard-rail Approach By Thomas BRUCKNER; K. ZICKFELD
  26. Reconsidering Intergenerational Cost-Benefit Analysis of Climate Change: An Endogenous Abatement Approach By KAVUNCU Y. Okan
  27. The Consequences of EU Accession for Poland - Simulations Using the MacSim System By Jean-Louis BRILLET; Anna KRUSZEWSKA
  28. Economy-Wide Impact of Forest Plantation Development in Laos Using a Dynamic General Equilibrium Approach By Somvang PHIMMAVONG; Ian FERGUSON; Barbara OZARSKA
  29. Occupational Segregation and Its Impact on Gender Wage Discrimination in China's Rural Industrial Sector Creation Date: 1993 By X. Meng; P.W. Miller
  30. Environmental regulatory stringency and the market for abatement goods and services in China By Jing Lan; Alistair Munro
  31. The Harmonization of Technical Barriers to Trade, Innovation and Export Behavior: Theory with an Application to EU Environmental Regulations By MANTOVANI Andrea; VANCAUTEREN Mark
  32. Selective reporting and the social cost of carbon By Havranek, Tomas; Irsova, Zuzana; Janda, Karel; Zilberman, David
  33. Product Differentiation and Trade: An Example From the Bovine Meat Sector By Sophie DROGUE; Stephan MARETTE; Priscila RAMOS

  1. By: Tronstad, Russell; Emerick, Ma. Romilee; Sall, Ibrahima
    Keywords: simultaneous, panel, fixed effects, subsidy per pound, rate of return, Agricultural and Food Policy, Crop Production/Industries, Q11, Q18,
    Date: 2014
  2. By: Emiliano Magrini (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy); Pierluigi Montalbano (Sapienza, University of Rome); Silvia Nenci (University of Rome 3); Luca Salvatici (University of Rome 3)
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to assess the causal impact of trade policy distortions on food security. The added value of this work is twofold: i) its use of a non-parametric matching technique with continuous treatment, namely the Generalised Propensity Score (GPS) to address the self selection bias; ii) its analysis of heterogeneity in treatment (by commodities) as well as in outcome (i.e. different dimensions of food security). The results of our estimates clearly show that trade policy distortions are, overall, significantly correlated with the various dimensions of food security analysed. Both discrimination against agriculture and 'excessive' support lead to poor performances in all dimensions of food security (availability, access, utilisation and stability).
    Keywords: Food security, International trade, Trade measures, Impact evaluation, GPS.
    JEL: C21 F14 Q17
    Date: 2014–09
  3. By: Johansson, Rob; Worth, Tom; Cooper, Joe
    Abstract: The response of farmers to crop insurance incentives has been studied extensively. In particular, studies following the landmark ARPA legislation in 2000 have taken a close look at farmer participation changed with changes in the insurance subsidies. However, few if any studies have looked at the extent of farmer participation as measured in terms of their choice of coverage levels. This analysis uses farm-level observations of crop insurance choices to examine how changes to premium rates and subsidies may affect farmer choice of insurance coverage levels. Specifically we examine farmer choices of from a set of discrete coverage levels to changes in insurance premium subsidies that occurred in 2008 and 2009 while accounting for farm characteristics and market conditions. Some portion of the farmer choice of coverage levels were due to policy choices in the 2008 Farm Bill, whereas others were a result of significant price or other market changes between 2008 and 2009.
    Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy, Production Economics, Risk and Uncertainty,
    Date: 2014–10
  4. By: FRASER Iain; WASCHIK Robert
  5. By: Xiong, Bo
    Keywords: Demand and Price Analysis, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety,
    Date: 2013
  6. By: C. Dongling
  7. By: Feng, Xiaoguang; Hayes, Dermot
    Keywords: Crop insurance, reinsurance, systemic risk, copula, Bayesian, Agribusiness, Agricultural Finance, Research Methods/ Statistical Methods, Risk and Uncertainty,
    Date: 2014
  8. By: Anna Bartczak (Faculty of Economic Sciences - University of Warsaw; Warsaw Ecological Economics Center); Warsaw Ecological Economics Center; Michal Krawczyk (Faculty of Economic Sciences - University of Warsaw; Warsaw Ecological Economics Center); Nick Hanley (Department of Geography and Sustainable Development - University of St Andrews); Anne Stenger (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)
    Abstract: Procurement auctions are one of several policy tools available to incentivise the provision of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Successful biodiversity conservation often requires a landscape-scale approach and the spatial coordination of participation, for example in the creation of wildlife corridors. In this paper, we use a laboratory experiment to explore two features of procurement auctions in a forest landscape—the pricing mechanism (uniform vs. discriminatory) and availability of communication (chat) between potential sellers. We modify the experimental design developed by Reeson et al. (2011) by introducing uncertainty (and hence heterogeneity) in the production value of forest sites as well as an automated, endogenous stopping rule. We find that discriminatory pricing yields to greater environmental benefits per government dollar spent, chiefly due to better coordination between owners of adjacent plots. Chat also facilitates such coordination but also seems to encourage collusion in sustaining high prices for the most environmentally attractive plots. These two effects offset each other, making chat neutral from the viewpoint of maximizing environmental effect per dollar spent.
    Keywords: conservation auctions, spatial coordination, chat in experiments, discriminatory and uniform auctions, biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services
    JEL: C92 D44 Q23 Q57 Q58
    Date: 2014–11
  9. By: Dionisio Nombora
    Keywords: Agriculture - Agricultural Extension Urban Development - Urban Economics Law and Development - Banking Law Banks and Banking Reform Agriculture - Agricultural Research Finance and Financial Sector Development
    Date: 2014–08
  10. By: Olivia Bertelli; Karen Macours
    Abstract: This paper reviews the challenges related to establishing credible causal links between particular interventions and aggregate food security. A first set of challenges result from the lack of a common measurement of food security, with a multitude of indicators and definitions being used in different studies, making comparisons and broader inferences particularly hard. We discuss various measures and the existing evidence on their validity. We also line out a possible approach to validating some of the multi-dimensional measures in a more comprehensive way. A second set of challenges comes from the need to have credible exogenous variation in order to establish a causal relationship between an intervention and resulting food security outcomes. We review the literature and conclude that the literature to date leaves many open questions regarding the type of interventions that might be most effective to increase food security. This is due in part to the multitude of approaches to measurement of food security, and in part due to methodological concerns that limit causal inference in many of the existing studies. Likely, the optimal policy will also be strongly context-specific, and understanding the sensitivity of impacts to contextual changes hence is equally important.
    JEL: Q18
  13. By: N. Islam
  14. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (East Asia Department, ADB); ;
    Abstract: Payments for environmental services (PES) are a potential mechanism to provide incentives for sustainable management of grasslands and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. PES is not widely practiced in Mongolia, but has been included in the Green Development Strategy of the government. This paper reviews 50 PES schemes operating in grasslands and other grazing lands globally, including Mongolia. It discusses key issues related to the design of PES schemes in Mongolian grasslands, including potential benefits, risks, constraints, and trade-offs.
    Keywords: Mongolia, climate change, mitigation, adaptation, greenhouse gas, GHG, carbon dioxide, methane, National Action Program on Climate Change, National Livestock Program, herders, livelihoods, development, pasture rotation, pasture management livestock management, nationally appropriate mitigation action; NAMA, carbon finance, carbon market
    Date: 2014–02
  15. By: Lal ALMAS
  16. By: Jose Leite; Resende; H.
  17. By: Emiliano Magrini; Pierluigi Montalbano; Silvia Nenci
    Abstract: This study aims to assess the trade impact of preferential schemes. It focuses on the controversial case of the trade preferences in agriculture and fishery granted by the EU to the Southern Mediterranean Countries over the period 2004-2009. The analysis presents several methodological improvements on previous works. These findings raise important issues for policy-making by mitigating the claimed efficiency of the EU trade policy in the Meditterean area.
    JEL: F1 F4
  18. By: C.J. Barnett
  19. By: Ignacio Pérez; Karin Holm-Müller; Wolfgang Britz
  20. By: H. Ahammad
  21. By: Markus Kempen; Thomas Heckelei; Wolfgang Britz
  22. By: Mikolaj Czajkowski (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Poland); Anna Barczak (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Poland); Wiktor Budzinski (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Poland; University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Poland); Marek Giergiczny (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Poland); Nick Hanley (School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews)
    Abstract: The assumption of the stability of preferences is a fundamental one in the theory of the consumer. Many papers within the stated preferences literature have tested this assumption, and have found mixed results. Individuals may become more sure of their preferences as they repeat a valuation task or purchase decision; they may also learn more about prices and quantities of substitutes or complements over time, or about other relevant characteristics of both the good being valued and alternatives in their choice sets. In this paper, we test for the stability of preferences and willingness to pay for attributes of forest management both within and between samples. The within-sample test compares a set of responses from individuals over the sequence of a survey; the between-sample test compares responses from the same people over a period of 6 months. We find that respondents’ preferences differ more within a sample (comparing their first 12 with their second 12 choices) than across samples. This may imply that preference learning and/or fatigue effects within choice experiments are more important than changes in preferences over time in this data.
    Keywords: preference stability, test-retest, discrete choice experiments, contingent valuation, stated preferences, forestry
    JEL: D01 H4 Q23 Q51
    Date: 2014–09
  23. By: Chieko UMETSU; K. PALANISAMI; Ziya COSKUN; Sevgi DONMA; Takanori NAGANO; Yoichi FUJIHARA; Kenji TANAKA
  24. By: Sadayuki TAKII (Seinan Gakuin University)
    Abstract: This paper empirically examines differential impacts of globalisation on plant size among plants with different characteristics, including initial plant size, import and export status, and ownership. After accounting for other characteristics, results of this analysis suggest that both import penetration and export orientation do not have differential impacts on the size of larger and smaller plants. This is contrary to fears that only relatively large plants can benefit from globalisation while smaller plants would lose their market shares. The results also suggest that negative impact of import penetration on plant size is greater for importers and that the increase in export orientation positively impacts the size of exporting plants.
    Keywords: Globalisation, Plant size, Indonesia
    JEL: F14
    Date: 2014
  25. By: Thomas BRUCKNER; K. ZICKFELD
  26. By: KAVUNCU Y. Okan
  27. By: Jean-Louis BRILLET; Anna KRUSZEWSKA
  28. By: Somvang PHIMMAVONG; Ian FERGUSON; Barbara OZARSKA
  29. By: X. Meng; P.W. Miller
  30. By: Jing Lan (College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agricultural University); Alistair Munro (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
    Abstract: We provide an examination of the linkage between environmental regulation stringency and the demand for and supply of abatement goods and services. To that end we construct a five-equation simultaneous model that links environmental regulation stringency to abatement output through various underlying simultaneous mechanisms. This system is then estimated using a panel of 679 eco-firms in 78 industrial Chinese cities during the implementation period of collection and use of pollution discharge fees (promulgated by the Chinese State Council) from 2003 to 2007. We find that higher fees are generally associated with higher abatement supply but for some industries – notably wastewater treatment – there is evidence of ‘output restriction’, meaning that higher charges lead to a reduction in supply for established firms.
    Date: 2014–10
  32. By: Havranek, Tomas; Irsova, Zuzana (University of California, Berkeley. Dept of agricultural and resource economics); Janda, Karel; Zilberman, David (University of California, Berkeley. Dept of agricultural and resource economics)
    Abstract: We examine potential selective reporting in the literature on the social cost of carbon (SCC) by conducting a meta-analysis of 809 estimates of the SCC reported in 101 studies. Our results indicate that estimates for which the 95% confidence interval includes zero are less likely to be reported than estimates excluding negative values of the SCC, which creates an upward bias in the literature. The evidence for selective reporting is stronger for studies published in peer-reviewed journals than for unpublished papers. We show that the findings are not driven by the asymmetry of condence intervals surrounding the SCC and are robust to controlling for various characteristics of study design and to alternative definitions of confidence intervals. Our estimates of the mean reported SCC corrected for the selective reporting bias are imprecise and range between 0 and 130 USD per ton of carbon in 2010 prices for emission year 2015.
    Keywords: social cost of carbon, climate policy, integrated assessment models, meta-analysis, selective reporting, publication bias
    JEL: C83 Q54
    Date: 2014–08
  33. By: Sophie DROGUE; Stephan MARETTE; Priscila RAMOS

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