Journal article

Evaluating effectiveness of rainfall index insurance

Rui Zhou, JS-H Li, Jeffrey Pai

Agricultural Finance Review | Emerald | Published : 2018

Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the reduction of crop yield uncertainty using rainfall index insurances. The insurance payouts are determined by a transparent rainfall index rather than actual crop yield of any producer, thereby circumventing problems of adverse selection and moral hazard. The authors consider insurances on rainfall indexes of various months and derive an optimal insurance portfolio that minimizes the income variance for a crop producer. Design/methodology/approach Various regression models are considered to relate crop yield to monthly mean temperature and monthly cumulative precipitation. A bootstrapping method is used to simulate weather indexes and corn ..

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