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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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Paper provided by German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA) in its series 53rd Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 25-27, 2013 with number 156224.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ags:gewi13:156224
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