UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Jens Hilscher and Mungo Wilson Propose a New Measure of Systematic Credit Risk

Nov. 21, 2016

The study shows that a straightforward and easy-to-implement and interpret measure of default probability contains significantly more information about future default and failure than S&P corporate credit ratings. Jens Hilscher ...

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Aaron Smith and Colleagues Explain Why Grain Futures Contracts Fail to Accurately Price Commodities

Nov. 21, 2016

The failure of U.S. grain futures contracts to properly price commodities has spurred considerable controversy in agricultural futures markets and raised questions over the value of grain futures contracts ...

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Shermain Hardesty Collaborates with UCCE Team to Study the Economic Impact of Local Food Producers

July 22, 2016

The key findings indicate that, for every dollar of sales, Sacramento Region direct marketers are generating twice as much economic activity within the region, as compared to producers who are ...

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Evaluating the Impacts of Agricultural Development Interventions

Dec. 20, 2012

The international development community has increasingly recognized the importance of reliable impact evaluation, but the evaluation of agricultural and small farm development projects presents particular challenges. In a special session ...

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$25 million grant aims to boost food security in developing world

July 12, 2012

Professor Michael Carter will direct a $25 million federal program aimed at creating financial systems that can boost agricultural productivity and food security in developing countries.

The five-year project, funded ...

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Michael Carter: Satellite-based Livestock Insurance for Kenya

Dec. 5, 2011

Professor Michael Carter and other members of the I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative based at UC Davis devised an innovative insurance program in Kenya that aims to prevent livestock farmers ...

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Argan Oil Production in Morocco

Oct. 20, 2011

Travis Lybbert, associate professor, led a research team to examine the economic and social benefits of argan oil production in Morocco. The booming demand for Morocco's argan oil, now ...

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Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation

March 14, 2011

Richard Howitt, professor and ARE department chair, co-authored a new book, "Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation." Professor Howitt is one of several contributing experts in geology, fish ...

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Economic Effects of Proposed Restrictions on Egg-laying Hen Housing in California

Aug. 7, 2008

A ballot initiative in California that would place restrictions on the housing of commercial egg-laying hens is scheduled for the fall 2008 election. This study has considered the economic implications ...

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What is the Price of Oil?

Aug. 7, 2008

Oil prices first hit $100 per barrel on January 2, 2008. On that day, a single trader looking for notoriety bid $100 to buy the minimum 1,000 barrels before ...

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