Structural estimation of farmers’ risk and ambiguity preferences: a field experiment

Bougherara, Douadia, Gassmann, Xavier, Piet, Laurent and Reynaud, Arnaud (2017) Structural estimation of farmers’ risk and ambiguity preferences: a field experiment. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 44 (2). pp. 1-27.

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Official URL: http://tse-fr.eu/pub/32160

Abstract

The distinction between risk, where agents assign well-defined probabilities to possible outcomes, and ambiguity, where agents do not, has long been of particular interest. Using a carefully designed field experiment, we elicit information about risk and ambiguity preferences among 197 French farmers and structurally estimate these preferences. We use cumulative prospect theory and a multiple-prior model in order to model risk and ambiguity preferences, respectively. We find that farmers are risk, ambiguity and loss averse, and that probability distortion differs in gains vs. losses, as well as in risk vs. ambiguity. These findings can have important implications for policy design.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: July 2017
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 10:37
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 10:37
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:32160
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/25728

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