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The Apple Producers Choice between Hail Insurance and Anti-Hail Nets

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Abstract: Purpose -- Hailstorms are a major risk in agriculture. In order to mitigate the negative consequences on farm revenues, in the present paper we analyse the choice between insurance contracts and anti-hail nets. Furthermore, we discuss the consequences of anti-hail nets adoption on the actuarial soundness of the insurance market.Methodology -- In this paper we firstly develop a theoretical model based on expected utility theory to compare the profitability of no-hedging against insurance and anti-hail nets. Subsequently we test our theoretical model predictions with data of South Tyrolean apple producers.Findings -- We find that the benefit of anti-hail nets compared to insurance is an increasing function of the overall risk of hail damages, of the farmers level of risk aversion and of the worth of the agricultural output.Practical implications -- Given our findings that anti-hail nets are more profitable for riskier, risk-averse and high-profitable farmers, the diffusion of anti-hail nets could be beneficial for the actuarial soundness of insurance markets.Originality Value -- The model developed in the paper is specifically designed to compare the profitability of different agricultural hedging options and can be easily extended to cover other hazards.

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