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Imitation, rationalité et adoption de technologies d'irrigation améliorées à l'île de la Réunion

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  • Lionel Richefort
  • Jean-Louis Fusillier

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This article presents a theoretical framework that uses an epidemic diffusion model and a rational choice model to conceptualize the decision to adopt a given technology. We estimate both models on a sample of 114 farmers in Reunion Island. The results show that the diffusion of new drip-irrigation technology was driven by a spontaneous dynamic with collective knock-on effects. In such circumstances, subsidies may quicken diffusion. By contrast, the adoption of an improved, automation-based irrigation technology reflects a rational choice by the most diversified, best informed irrigators with the highest land/labor ratio.

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  • Lionel Richefort & Jean-Louis Fusillier, 2010. "Imitation, rationalité et adoption de technologies d'irrigation améliorées à l'île de la Réunion," Economie & Prévision, La Documentation Française, vol. 0(2), pages 59-73.
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