Diffusion as a Learning Process: Evidence from HYV Cotton
AbstractThis paper develops new methods for studying the adoption of technologies that, at the time of their introduction, are of uncertain profitability. We focus on the rols played by learning in the evolution of a diffusion path and present a model that allows learning from the behavior of others as well as from the adopter's own experience. Equilibrium behavior explicitly allows for interaction between individuals when information is a public good. We consider both cooperative and non-cooperative models and apply our model to the adoption of HYV cotton in the semi-arid tropics, using data from ICRISAT village level surveys.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies in its series Papers with number 174.
Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 1994
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- Timothy Besley & Anne Case, 1994. "Diffusion as a Learning Process: Evidence from HYV Cotton," Working Papers 228, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Research Program in Development Studies..
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