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Measuring Education Levels of Farmers: Evidence from Innovation Adoption in Bangladesh


  • Masakazu Hojo

    () (Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)


Education levels of farmers have been measured in a variety of ways in preceding studies. In order to examine whether or not different measures of education have different effects on the behavior of farmers, I first summarize the measures of education and then perform an empirical analysis. Although education measures examined in this paper have been used in many studies, their effects are shown to differ significantly in my empirical analysis: some variables have positive impacts on farmer fs behavior while others do not. This result suggests we have to pay more attention to selecting measures of education in empirical investigations.

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  • Masakazu Hojo, 2004. "Measuring Education Levels of Farmers: Evidence from Innovation Adoption in Bangladesh," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 04-06, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  • Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:04-06

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    Education; Agriculture; Technology adoption; Bangladesh;

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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • 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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