A Parametric Insurance Policy for Beekeepers and Honey Production: Random Forest Regressions and Real World Pricing

42 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2023

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Ilaria Colivicchi

University of Florence

Silvia Dell'Acqua

Polytechnic University of Milan

Vincenzo Russo

Generali

Date Written: August 5, 2023

Abstract

In the past years, climate change has affected honey production more and more and the reduction has become a significant risk for beekeepers. In this paper, we discuss the pricing of a parametric insurance policy drafted to cover the potential losses in terms of honey production due to unfavorable climate conditions, such as late frost or droughts: the payment of the insurance benefit is triggered by the breaching of predefined thresholds of a weather index, measured over specific relevant periods. The effectiveness of the coverage is verified by the means of random forests, where the honey production is forecast under different real word weather scenarios and the beekeepers’ loss is compared with the insurance benefit reimbursed (or not) by the policy. The random forest technique is put along with more common ones, such as ordinary least squares regression and mixed linear models. A practical example is given for the Italian market, where the policy’s pricing is derived and assessed for three different zones: North, Centre, and South.

Keywords: insurance, parametric, weather-indexed, pricing, beekeepers, honey, random forest, machine learning, basis risk, climate change

JEL Classification: G22

Suggested Citation

Colivicchi, Ilaria and Dell'Acqua, Silvia and Russo, Vincenzo, A Parametric Insurance Policy for Beekeepers and Honey Production: Random Forest Regressions and Real World Pricing (August 5, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4532250 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4532250

Ilaria Colivicchi

University of Florence ( email )

Via delle Pandette 9
Florence, Florence 50100
Italy

Silvia Dell'Acqua (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Milan ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Milano 20100
Italy

Vincenzo Russo

Generali ( email )

Italy

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