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Ambiguity Aversion As A Predictor Of Technology Choice: Experimental Evidence From Peru

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  • Jim Engle-Warnick

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  • Javier Escobal

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  • Sonia Laszlo

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Abstract

The lack of adoption of new farming technologies despite known benefits is a well-documented phenomenon in development economics. In addition to a number of market constraints, risk aversion predominates the discussion of behavioral determinants of technology adoption. We hypothesize that ambiguity aversion may also be a determinant, since farmers may have less information about the distribution of yield outcomes from new technologies compared with traditional technologies. We test this hypothesis with a laboratory experiment in the field in which we measure risk and ambiguity preferences. We combine our experiment with a survey in which we collect information on farm decisions and identify market constraints. We find that ambiguity aversion does indeed predict actual technology choices on the farm.

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Paper provided by McGill University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2007-04.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mcl:mclwop:2007-04

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  1. Francisco Galarza, 2009. "Choices under risk in rural peru," Artefactual Field Experiments 00047, The Field Experiments Website.
  2. Jim Engle-Warnick & Sonia Laszlo Author Email: sonia.laszlo@mcgill.ca, 2006. "Learning By Doing In An Ambiguous Environment," Departmental Working Papers 2006-29, McGill University, Department of Economics.
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