Impact of Risk Aversion on Whole-Farm Management in Syria
Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 42: 227-247, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.00048
Posted: 17 Sep 2012
Date Written: 1998
This article reports on a study of the impact of risk on farm management practices in northern Syria, focusing particularly on how these are affected by risk aversion and farm size. The study is based on production data from an eight-year field trial and on prices from market surveys. A large linear programming model is built, representing the eight years as observations from a discrete probability distribution. Risk aversion is modelled by inclusion of a utility function with constant relative risk aversion, represented using the DEMP/UEP approach.
Keywords: Risk analysis, Bioeconomic, Optimization, Linear programming, Discrete stochastic model, Whole-farm, Sensitivity analysis, Farm size, Sheep, Nutritive requirements, Stocking rates, Sown pasture, Production practices, Family labor, Hired labor, Costs, Prices, Crop budgets, Crop rotations, Wheat, Fall
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