Risk aversion has been considered a factor in mitigating the moral hazard problem in agri-environmental policy. If farmers face multiple sources of uncertainty, however, risk aversion could contribute to the problem. Focusing on a required reduction in the use of a potentially damaging input under an agri-environmental scheme, we address the implications of risk aversion for a farmer's decision on compliance. We show that risk aversion can indeed mitigate the moral hazard problem, but, if a required change in production practices increases output risk, the impact of risk aversion is ambiguous.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Economics and Econometrics