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Joint estimation of information acquisition and adoption of new technologies under uncertainty

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  • Awudu Abdulai

    (University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany)

  • Pierre Monnin

    (Swiss National Bank, Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Jacques Gerber

    (Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern, Switzerland)

Abstract

This article develops a framework to examine households' joint decision to acquire information on new technologies and the adoption of the technology in the presence of uncertainty. The empirical application involved a sample of 406 dairy farmers in Tanzania. Education, scale of production, household size, age, and liquidity constraints are hypothesized to be the determinants of information acquisition and adoption decisions. The empirical evidence indicates that information acquisition and adoption decisions are made jointly. The findings also show that human capital and scale of operation positively and significantly affect the decision to acquire information and to adopt the technology, while liquidity constraints negatively impact on the decision to adopt, as well as the extent of adoption. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 20 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 437-451

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:20:y:2008:i:4:p:437-451

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  1. Huffman, Wallace E., 2001. "Human capital: Education and agriculture," Handbook of Agricultural Economics, Elsevier, in: B. L. Gardner & G. C. Rausser (ed.), Handbook of Agricultural Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 7, pages 333-381 Elsevier.
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  1. Sauer, Johannes & Zilberman, David, 2010. "Innovation Behaviour At Farm Level – Selection And Identification," 114th Seminar, April 15-16, 2010, Berlin, Germany, European Association of Agricultural Economists 61354, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. Sauer, Johannes & Zilberman, David D., 2009. "Innovation behaviour at micro level - selection and identification," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley qt6t49r0fh, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  3. Owusu, Victor & Abdulai, Awudu, 2009. "Joint Adoption of Safer Irrigation Technologies under Uncertainty: Evidence from Ghana," MPRA Paper 43822, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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