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

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  • Veronica González

    () (Office of Evaluation and Oversight, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA)

  • Pablo Ibarrarán

    () (Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA)

  • Alessandro Maffioli

    () (Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA)

  • Sandra Rozo

    () (Office of Evaluation and Oversight, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA)

Abstract

This paper evaluates the impact of agricultural extension services in the Dominican Republic. In particular, we analyze 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. The survey included 1,572 farmers operating in crop growing, breeding or milk production. Using a propensity score matching technique, we found that the technologies financed through PATCA effectively improved the productivity of rice producers and breeders. However, we 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, we 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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  • Veronica González & Pablo Ibarrarán & Alessandro Maffioli & Sandra Rozo, 2009. "The Impact of Technology Adoption on Agricultural Productivity: The Case of the Dominican Republic," OVE Working Papers 0509, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE).
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    Keywords

    Technology Adoption; Productivity; Agriculture Sector; Policy Evaluation;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate

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