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Farmers' Preferences for Crop Insurance Attributes

Bruce Sherrick (), Gary Schnitkey (), Paul N. Ellinger, Peter J. Barry and Brian Wansink

Review of Agricultural Economics, 2003, vol. 25, issue 2, 415-429

Abstract: Utilizing survey data from corn and soybean farmers in the Midwest, this study assesses the relative importance of different features of crop insurance products. Conjoint analysis results indicate that farmers' preferences for flexibility dominate both type of insurance and coverage level. Revenue insurance demand is greater by those who are larger, younger, and farm in more separate locations. Results are significant and consistent by size, insurance usage, leverage, and risk perception. The results permit prediction of market shares of competing insurance products within specific producer segments, and thus also provide guidance for targeting specific producer groups with new product configurations.

Date: 2003
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