Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2005

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Robert W. Jolly

Abstract

In the past decade, farmers have increasingly invested in value-added agriculture. Analysis of these investments compared to farm expansion by farmers was conducted from a portfolio optimization standpoint. Farms with similar investment patterns were identified by cluster analysis. When individual farm characteristics were analyzed to determine how these attributes affected investment choices, clear influences were found. In general, value-added agricultural investments were found to be an efficient investment alternative to farm expansion. Because of their larger risk, stock market investments play a smaller role in an optimized producer portfolio.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-7890

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Joshua David Roe

Language

en

OCLC Number

62708929

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

79 pages

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