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Spatial Patterns of Technology Di usion: The Case of Hybrid Rice in Bangladesh

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  • Ward, Patrick S.
  • Pede, Valerien O.

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In this paper we demonstrate a method for measuring the e ect of spatial interactions on the adoption of hybrid rice using a unique, nationally-representative data set from Bangladesh. Based on resulst from a generalized spatial two-stage least squares estimation, we have shown that neighbor e ects are a signi cant determinant of hybrid rice adoption. Further, using two speci cations of spatial systems, we show that having a network including nearby hybrid rice adopters is more in uential than having a network of more distant hybrid rice adopters, and that merely have a network with a large number of adopters may be relatively meaningless if they are far away.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. with number 150793.

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Keywords: hybrid rice; technology spillover; spatial diffusion; social network; Crop Production/Industries; International Development; International Relations/Trade; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; O13; O33; Q12;

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