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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Olympic Moving Average and Price Protection

Recent discussions over the farm safety net have focused on the need for price protection. This article examines the price protection provided by a 5-year Olympic moving average of price. A specific focus is its performance during the price decline of the late 1990s, the last multiple-year period of low prices experienced by the U.S. crop sector.

Date published: 
Thursday, May 31, 2012