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Forced Displacement and Technology Adoption: an Empirical Analysis based on Agricultural Households in Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Mathieu Sanch-Maritan

    () (EconomiX - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre)

  • Lionel Védrine



We use the Bosnian Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) survey to show that conflict-induced displacement of agricultural households affects dramatically the adoption of new technologies in agriculture. We exploit the heterogeneity in the level of violence in the pre-war location to account for the selection bias. This natural experiment seems to be a source of exogenous variation in our case because violence aims to ethnic cleansing, without economic consideration. We find that displaced are less likely than stayers to adopt fertilizer and pesticide.

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  • Mathieu Sanch-Maritan & Lionel Védrine, 2018. "Forced Displacement and Technology Adoption: an Empirical Analysis based on Agricultural Households in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Post-Print hal-01788810, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01788810
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