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Social learning, neighborhood effects, and investment in human capital: Evidence from Green-Revolution India

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  • Yamauchi, Futoshi

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"This paper empirically identifies social learning and neighborhood effects in schooling investments in a new technology regime. The estimates of learning-investment rule from farm household panel data at the onset of the Green Revolution in India, show that (1) agents learn about schooling returns from income realizations of their neighbors and (2) schooling distribution of the parents' generation in a community has externalities to schooling investments in children that are consistent with social learning. Simulations show that variations in schooling distributions within and across communities generate through social learning substantial variations in child enrollment rate and average household income. The results suggest that imperfect information hinders investment in human capital." Author's Abstract

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND discussion papers with number 190.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Keywords: Human capital ; Risk ; Social learning ; School enrollment ; technological changes ; Green Revolution ;

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  1. Timothy G. Conley & Christopher R. Udry, 2005. "Learning about a new technology: pineapple in Ghana," Proceedings, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  2. Futoshi Yamauchi & Sakiko Tanabe, 2008. "Nonmarket networks among migrants: evidence from metropolitan Bangkok, Thailand," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 21(3), pages 649-664, July.
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  10. Ohe, Yasuo, 2012. "A Stepwise Innovation toward Viable Educational Services in Agriculture: Evidence from Japan," 131st Seminar, September 18-19, 2012, Prague, Czech Republic 135771, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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