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Nonparametric Estimation of Crop Insurance Rates Revisited

Alan Ker () and Barry Goodwin ()

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2000, vol. 82, issue 2, 463-478

Abstract: With the crop insurance program becoming the cornerstone of U.S. agricultural policy, recovering accurate rates is of paramount interest. Lack of yield data presents, by far, the most fundamental obstacle to recovery of accurate rates. This article employs new methodology to estimate conditional yield densities and derive the insurance rates. In our application, we find the nonparametric kernel density estimator requires an additional twenty-six years of yield data to estimate the shape of the conditional yield densities as accurately as the recently developed empirical Bayes nonparametric kernel density estimator. Such methodological improvements can significantly aid in ameliorating the data problem. Copyright 2000, Oxford University Press.

Date: 2000
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