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Learning by Doing and Learning from Others: Human Capital and Technical Change in Agriculture

  • Foster, Andrew D
  • Rosenzweig, Mark R

Household-level panel data from a nationally representative sample of rural Indian households describing the adoption and profitability of high-yielding seed varieties (HYVs) associated with the Green Revolution are used to test the implications of a model incorporating learning by doing and learning spillovers. The estimates indicate that imperfect knowledge about the management of the new seeds was a significant barrier to adoption; this barrier diminished as farmer experience with the new technologies increased; own experience and neighbors' experience with HYVs significantly increased HYV profitability; and farmers do not fully incorporate the village returns to learning in making adoption decisions. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Volume (Year): 103 (1995)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1176-1209

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