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Time Preference and Technology Adoption: A Single-Choice Experiment with U.S. Farmers

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  • Duquette, Eric
  • Higgins, Nathaniel
  • Horowitz, John

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We elicit time-discounting behavior from U.S. farmers that are broadly known to be either late or early adopters of farming best management practices. Using a single-choice experiment, we estimate the mean discount rate for each farmer group and find that late adopters have a mean discount rate that is thirteen percentage points higher than the mean rate of early adopters. We argue through simulations that this difference is likely due to differences in time preference rather than risk aversion.

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  • Duquette, Eric & Higgins, Nathaniel & Horowitz, John, 2013. "Time Preference and Technology Adoption: A Single-Choice Experiment with U.S. Farmers," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150719, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    Demand and Price Analysis; Farm Management; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Risk and Uncertainty;

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