Patterns in loss-ratio experience in the U.S. corn insurance market are investigated with a spatial econometric model. The results demonstrate systematic geographically related misratings and provide estimates of the impacts of several observable factors on the magnitude of misrating in the program. The model is used to estimate actuarial cross-subsidizations across the primary corn-producing states and counties. The impacts of the primary factors are substantial, resulting in net premium transfers of approximately 26 percent of total premiums annually. The misratings likely have important insurance demand, welfare, and land-use implications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics