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Spatial Patterns of Technology Discussion: The Case of Hybrid Rice in Bangladesh

  • Ward, Patrick S.
  • Pede, Valerien O.

In this paper we demonstrate a method for measuring the effect of spatial interactions on the adoption of hybrid rice using a unique, nationally-representative data set from Bangladesh. Based on results from a generalized spatial two-stage least squares estimation, we have shown that neighbor effects are a significant determinant of hybrid rice adoption. Further, using two specifications of spatial systems, we show that having a network including nearby hybrid rice adopters is more influential than having a network of more distant hybrid rice adopters, and that merely have a network with a large number of adopters may be relatively meaningless if they are far away.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. with number 150793.

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