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Type: Journal article
Title: Elicitation of irrigators' risk preferences from observed behaviour
Author: Nauges, C.
Wheeler, S.
Zuo, A.
Citation: The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2016; 60(3):442-458
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1364-985X
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Céline Nauges, Sarah Ann Wheeler, Alec Zuo
Abstract: Water trading in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia has developed to the point where it is a common adaptation tool used by irrigators, making it an apt case study to elicit the marginal value of irrigation water and irrigators' risk preferences in two key industries with differing levels of water dependence. Our data come from large-scale and representative surveys of irrigated broadacre and horticultural farms in the Murray–Darling Basin over a 6-year period. The marginal contribution of irrigation water to profit is estimated at $547 and $61/ML on average in horticulture and broadacre, respectively. Horticultural irrigators are found to be averse to the risk of large losses (downside risk) while broadacre irrigators are averse to the variability (variance) of profit.
Keywords: Irrigation; marginal value of water; Murray-Darling Basin; profit function; risk preferences
Rights: © 2015 Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Inc.
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.12134
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