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Role of Farmers’ Risk and Ambiguity Preferences on Fertilization Decisions: An Experiment

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Université de Lorraine, Université de Strasbourg, AgroParisTech, CNRS, INRAE, BETA, 54000 Nancy, France
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Climate Economics Chair, 75002 Paris, France
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Academic Editor: Dalia Štreimikienė
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9802; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179802
Received: 29 June 2021 / Revised: 10 August 2021 / Accepted: 27 August 2021 / Published: 31 August 2021
In the context of climate change, the agricultural sector offers a large number of mitigation possibilities through diverse practices, such as the reduction of pollutant inputs. However, most farmers do not adopt the mitigation practices recommended, including the reduction of nitrogen fertilization. At the same time, various uncertainties characterize agricultural production, so that the farmer’s risk and ambiguity preferences may be potential determinants to the adoption of mitigation practices. In this context, the objective of the article is to determine if the farmer’s risk and ambiguity preferences explain (or not) the fertilization decision. A questionnaire was submitted to French farmers to elicit risk and ambiguity preferences through lottery choices, and ask questions about fertilization. Two regressions were realized, the first to explain the total fertilization and the second to identify the determinants of the first fertilization application. The results reveal that respondents were mostly risk-averse and ambiguity-neutral. In addition, risk and ambiguity aversion impact fertilization practices through diverse drivers in opposite directions. Indeed, being risk-averse is associated with a lower level of total fertilization, whereas ambiguity aversion has a positive and significant impact on the level of fertilization at the first application. This last result highlights the need to reduce the uncertainty farmers face. View Full-Text
Keywords: uncertainty; agriculture; nitrogen; mitigation uncertainty; agriculture; nitrogen; mitigation
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Tevenart, C.; Brunette, M. Role of Farmers’ Risk and Ambiguity Preferences on Fertilization Decisions: An Experiment. Sustainability 2021, 13, 9802. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179802

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Tevenart C, Brunette M. Role of Farmers’ Risk and Ambiguity Preferences on Fertilization Decisions: An Experiment. Sustainability. 2021; 13(17):9802. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179802

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Tevenart, Camille, and Marielle Brunette. 2021. "Role of Farmers’ Risk and Ambiguity Preferences on Fertilization Decisions: An Experiment" Sustainability 13, no. 17: 9802. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179802

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