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Agricultural credit risk migration is examined using loan records gathered from four agricultural lenders. Results indicate that lender risk ratings are much more stable than ratings based on credit scores estimated from financial statements, highlighting the importance played by nonfinancial...
Using return on assets as a proxy for profitability, this study evaluates the sustainability of profits in the food economy with respect to industry, corporate, and businessspecific effects for low and highperforming firms. The food economy is broken into its four major sectors food processing,...
This article examines trade credit practices of rural small business firms. The results show that these firms borrow money and then relend it to others in the form of trade credit. There is a strong direct relationship between various forms of debt held by these firms and their level of accounts...
This paper presents a model and framework for pricing degreeday weather derivatives when the weather variable is a nontraded asset. Using daily weather data from 1840S1996, it is shown that a degreeday weather index exhibits stable volatility and satisfies the random walk hypothesis. The options...
Economic theory implies that firms in a competitive market will adjust to longrun equilibrium levels of profitability, resulting in mean reversion of profitability. Partial adjustment models are applied to farmlevel data from Illinois to test for mean reversion and autocorrelation in...
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