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Information Transmission in Irrigation Technology Adoption and Diffusion: Social Learning, Extension Services and Spatial Effects

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  • Margarita Genius

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece)

  • Phoebe Koundouri

    (Department of Economics, University of Reading, Reading, UK)

  • Celine Nauges

    (LEERNA-INRA, Universite des Sciences Sociales, France)

  • Vangelis Tzouvelekas

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece)

Abstract

In this article we investigate the role of information transmission in promoting agricultural technology adoption and diffusion. We study the in uence of two information channels, namely extension services and social learning. We develop a theoretical model of technology adoption and diffusion, which we then empirically apply, using duration analysis, on a micro-dataset of olive producing farms from Crete (Greece). Our findings suggest that both extension services and social learning are strong determinants of technology adoption and diffusion, while the effectiveness of each type of informational channel is enhanced by the presence of the other.

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Paper provided by University of Crete, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1211.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 13 Dec 2012
Date of revision: 30 Apr 2013
Handle: RePEc:crt:wpaper:1211

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Keywords: extension services; irrigation water; olive-farms; social learning; technology adoption and diffusion.;

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