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Technology Adoption, Productivity and Specialization of Uruguayan Breeders: Evidence from an Impact Evaluation

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  • Fernando Lopez

    () (Zahler & Co.)

  • Alessandro Maffioli

    () (Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Interamerican Development Bank.)

Abstract

In this paper, we analyzed the effectiveness of the Component 1 of the Livestock Pilot Project (LPP-1) in fostering the efficiency of the Uruguayan livestock producers. We found that the LPP-1 had an overall positive impact on the adoption of managerial practices, but it had not significant impact on both productivity and specialization. We found positive effects of the LPP-1 also on productivity when we restricted the analysis to the sub-sample of producers specialized in the breeding stage. We also found that the project is only partially successful in fostering the breeders’ rate of specialization, probably due to a still too high risk aversion towards complete specialization. Finally, we found that the LPP-1 had no differentiated effects depending on the size of subsidy received by the producers. Therefore we could not identify any threshold in the subsidy intensity that significantly affects the project effectiveness. We estimated these effects through a quasi-experimental approach that combines difference-in-difference and propensity score matching techniques, in order to control for potential selection bias in the absence of a randomized experiment. We used a unique panel dataset of 520 beneficiary and 470 non-beneficiary producers, dataset that we constructed by merging information from the Uruguayan livestock Survey of 2001 and 2003 with information collected by the LPP’s Coordinating Unit.

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  • Fernando Lopez & Alessandro Maffioli, 2008. "Technology Adoption, Productivity and Specialization of Uruguayan Breeders: Evidence from an Impact Evaluation," OVE Working Papers 0708, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE).
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    Keywords

    Technology Adoption; Productivity; Livestock 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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