Estimating Ex Ante Cost Functions for Stochastic Technologies

Robert G. Chambers, Teresa Serra

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This paper revisits the problem of estimating ex ante cost functions previously studied by Pope and Just in 1996, as well as Moschini in 2001. An ex ante cost function that generalizes their ex ante cost functions is introduced, and an econometric procedure for estimating a flexible approximation to it is developed. That generalized cost function is economically relevant not only for the Pope and Just 1996 choice setting, but for general producer risk preferences, general stochastic technologies, and general forms of price uncertainty. An econometric strategy for estimating the resulting cost structure that adapts Moschini's 2001 "full-information" approach is developed, followed by an econometric application to U.S. agriculture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberaay068
Pages (from-to)807-824
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Econometric cost functions
  • risk
  • stochastic decision environments
  • uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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