Adoption of a Politicized Technology: bST and Wisconsin Dairy Farmers
Technologies that are the focus of extensive public debate prior to commercialization may have diffusion paths which are distinct from the classic sigmoid shape often used by economists. Descriptive and econometric analysis of ex ante and ex post data on bovine somatotropin use by Wisconsin dairy farmers reveal that this controversial technology has a relatively low adoption rate and little prospect for adoption growth in the near future. Further research on potential adoption outcomes for technologies that are politicized prior to commercialization could improve economists' predictive capacities. Copyright 1996, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 78 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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