The Importance of Learning in the Adoption of High-Yielding Variety Seeds
To date, due to the lack of panel data, most micro-level empirical studies of technology adoption have used cross-sectional data. These studies cannot examine the dynamic processes of adoption such as learning. This article uses panel data to study the adoption of a new high-yielding variety seed. First, it establishes that learning is an important variable in the adoption process. Second, it establishes that cross-sectional estimates of a dynamic process are biased but that the extent of this bias may be small. Third, it illustrates the econometric methods needed to estimate a dynamic model when controlling for unobserved household heterogeneity. Copyright 1999, Oxford University Press.
Volume (Year): 81 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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