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Addresses one of the key features of contemporary government policy: how to integrate the economic role of agriculture with the societal role of the rural environment. The first part of the book contains a set of six theoretical contributions to the economics of the agri-environment, including consideration of the associated policy implications. Building on this theoretical base, the second part contains four international case studies of agri-environmental policy.
Tables. Figures. Contributors. Preface. Introduction: Risk Management and the Environment in Agriculture: A Key Policy Theme; B.A. Babcock, R.W. Fraser, J.N. Lekakis. Part 1: Theory. 1. The State-contingent Approach to Modeling Environmental Risk Management; J. Quiggin, R.G. Chambers. 2. The Precautionary Principle in Practice: How to Write a Call Option; G. Hertzler 3. Factors Determining Best Management Practice Adoption Incentives and the Impact of Green Insurance; P.D. Mitchell, D.A. Hennessy. 4. Uncertainty and Adoption of Sustainable Farming Systems; D.J. Pannell. 5. Incentive Design for Introducing Genetically Modified Crops; R. Kingwell. 6. An Economic Risk Assessment of the Impact on Producers of Removing Quarantine Restrictions; R.W. Fraser. Part II: Case Studies. 7. Risk Attitudes and Risk Perceptions of Crop Producers in Western Australia; 8. Valuing Pest Control: How Much is Due to Risk Aversion? A.K. Abadi Ghadim, D.J. Pannell. 9. The Influence of Price Risk on Set-aside Choice in the EU; H. Rygnestad, R.W. Fraser. 10. Production Risks, Acreage Decisions, and Implications for Revenue Insurance Programs; JunJie J. Wu, R.M. Adams. 11. The Effects of Crop Insurance and Disaster Relief Programs on Soil Erosion: The Case of Soybeans and Corn; B.K. Goodwin, V.H. Smith. Conclusion; B.A. Babcock, R.W. Fraser, J.N. Lekakis. Author Index. Subject Index.