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Unconditional cash transfers, risk attitudes and modern inputs demand

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  • Prifti, Ervin

    () (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy)

  • Daidone, Silvio

    () (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy)

  • Pace, Noemi

    () (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy)

  • Davis, Benjamin

    () (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy)

Abstract

We estimate the effects of cash transfers on modern inputs demand, while isolating the role of output risk and risk preferences in channeling these effects. We use data from an RCT collected for the evaluation of Zambia’s Social Cash Transfer. We employ a moments-based method to estimate farmers’ risk attitudes from revealed preferences through production decisions and the impact of cash transfers on modern input demand. We find that the program increases demand for risk-increasing modern inputs but this does not happen as a result of a transfer-induced reduction in farmers’ risk aversion.

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  • Prifti, Ervin & Daidone, Silvio & Pace, Noemi & Davis, Benjamin, 2019. "Unconditional cash transfers, risk attitudes and modern inputs demand," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 53, pages 100-118.
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    Keywords

    cash transfers; risk attitudes; output risk; input demand; SEM; 3SLS;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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