|Institution:||Mississippi State University|
|Keywords:||Risk perception; Risk preference; Giant Miscanthus; Biofuels; Choice experiment; Contract Attributes|
|Full text PDF:||http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-06112015-144845/|
This study employed a stated choice experiment survey to identify southeastern U.S. farmers preferences for contracts to produce Giant Miscanthus. We developed a more theoretically consistent framework which takes into account risk preference and perception information and also accounts for heterogeneous status-quo alternatives. Results from our Random Parameter Logit model indicated that price per ton of harvested Giant Miscanthus, biorefinery harvest, and establishment cost-share all had significant positive effects on the probability of a producer accepting a contract to produce Giant Miscanthus, whereas contract length had a significant negative effect. Our analysis also found evidence of significant preference heterogeneity in producers preferences for biorefinery harvest, yield insurance, and contract length. We also found that incorporating risk perception and risk preference information, as well as accounting for heterogeneous status-quo alternatives in the decision framework improved overall model performance even though the respective individual coefficients for these variables were not statistically significant. Advisors/Committee Members: Daniel R. Petrolia (chair), Keith H. Coble (committee member), Ardian Harri (committee member), Angelica S. Williams (committee member).