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Crop Insurance Savings Accounts: A Viable Alternative to Crop Insurance?

Gregory Colson, Octavio Ramirez and Shengfei Fu

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2014, vol. 36, issue 3, 527-545

Abstract: This research explores the viability of an alternative design for crop insurance based upon farmer-owned savings accounts that are regulated, monitored, and marginally assisted by the government. Such accounts could be an effective risk management tool for many farmers and could operate without major government subsidization. Relative to the current program, the proposed design should exhibit minimal moral hazard and adverse selection problems, and since farm-level risk does not have to be priced, the proposed design eliminates the premium rating difficulties that weaken actuarial soundness and trigger the need for substantial external subsidies. In addition, administrative costs should be considerably lower.

Date: 2014
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