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The Impact of Technology Adoption on Agricultural Productivity: The Case of the Dominican Republic

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  • Gonzalez Diez, Verónica M.
  • Ibarrarán, Pablo
  • Maffioli, Alessandro
  • Rozo, Sandra

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This paper is part of the project 'Ex-post Evaluation of the IDB Agricultural Technology Uptake Programs.' This paper evaluates the impact of agricultural extension services in the Dominican Republic and analyzes the direct impact of the Program for Technological Support in the Agricultural Sector (PATCA). The analysis relies on a unique dataset gathered by PATCA's executing unit in 2008 and the survey included 1,572 farmers operating in crop growing, breeding or milk production. Using a propensity score matching technique, the authors found that the technologies financed through PATCA effectively improved the productivity of rice producers and breeders. The outcome was the authors did not find any significant impact on other producers. These heterogeneous impacts could be due to the different level of effectiveness of the promoted technologies in the short run, where landleveling and pasture conservation could be the fastest in showing significant effects. Finally, the authors did not find any clear evidence that the program had a significant impact on the quality of production that was reflected on prices reported by farmers.

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  • Gonzalez Diez, Verónica M. & Ibarrarán, Pablo & Maffioli, Alessandro & Rozo, Sandra, 2011. "The Impact of Technology Adoption on Agricultural Productivity: The Case of the Dominican Republic," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 3017, Inter-American Development Bank.
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    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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