Competitive Pressure and Technology Adoption: Evidence from a Policy Reform in Western Canada
AbstractWe measure the impact of the removal of a railway transportation subsidy on the adoption of technology for Western Canadian farms, using a unique combination of Census and freight rate data. We exploit the large regional variation in these one-time freight rate increases in order to identify causal effects of increased competitive pressure. Using a difference-in-differences methodology we find that higher freights rates – and hence lower farm gate prices – induced farmers to adopt new, more efficient production technology. We also find that farmers experiencing the greatest transportation cost increases also increased fertilizer usage and made significant land use changes.
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Agricultural Trade Liberalization; Export Subsidy; Technical Change;
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- NEP-AGR-2013-06-09 (Agricultural Economics)
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- NEP-EFF-2013-06-09 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-TRE-2013-06-09 (Transport Economics)
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