By Luther G. Tweeten, Stanley R. Thompson
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Stabilizing on price may increase variation in receipts. Government-financed stocks and insurance to manage risk appear to fail the second efficiency criterion noted earlier for public intervention. That is, the social cost of a private sector supplying less than “optimal” amounts of reserve stocks, insurance, and forward pricing is less than the administrativeand mismanagement costs of public stabilization policies. Langemeier and Patrick (1990) show that farmers are remarkably good at stabilizing consumption despite unstable income from year to year.
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At issue is how these numbers would change with phasing out of farm commodity programs. 8 percent in the long run based on the elasticity with respect to farm-nonfarmincome ratios (Heady and Tweeten 1963,423). Such results based on dated parameters need to be viewed cautiously, but even casual observation cannot escape the reality that American fanners adjust to change. What farm households would be most likely to fail financially and exit from agriculture when exposed to the market? All farm categories with sales under $100,000 and accounting for 85 percent of farms had, on average, negative returns on assets and farm economic costs in excess of gross farm income in 1998.
Agricultural Policy for the 21st Century by Luther G. Tweeten, Stanley R. Thompson