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Individual Decisions or Institutional Dynamics? Reasons for the Intensive Use of Fertilizer in Eastern China


  • Berger, Lars
  • Hüttel, Silke
  • Hagedorn, Konrad


The eutrophication of Lake Tai in the mid-east of China caused by an excessive import of nutrients from agricultural non-point-source pollution impedes social and economic development. In our research we aim to improve the understanding of the farmers’ decision-making process applying chemical fertilizers. Based on data gained in household interviews in 2011 and 2012 we follow the question: Which factors influence the individual decision on the use of fertilizers? Our approach is twofold: first, we estimate a production function to assess nitrogen overuse. Second, based on qualitative data we analyse the influence of the institutional context on individual decision-making.

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  • Berger, Lars & Hüttel, Silke & Hagedorn, Konrad, 2013. "Individual Decisions or Institutional Dynamics? Reasons for the Intensive Use of Fertilizer in Eastern China," 53rd Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 25-27, 2013 156224, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:gewi13:156224

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    non-point source pollution; farm-level decision-making; institutional analysis; China; Environmental Economics and Policy; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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