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Input Choices In Agriculture: Is There A Gender Bias?

  • Priya BHAGOWALIA

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  • Susan E. CHEN

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  • Gerald SHIVELY

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    (Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Purdue University)

Most developing countries strive to improve agricultural productivity by relaxing credit constraints, supplying better inputs, and improving marketing and distribution. However the efficacy of these reforms needs to be examined in the context of the behavioral responses of farming households. This study examines gender biases within households that affect short-term decisions with immediate and long-term implications. This study utilizes data from ICRISAT's village level studies in India (1975-85) to highlight the effects of child gender on the use of agricultural inputs. The main finding is that households with boys tend to use purchased inputs such as fertilizers and insecticides more intensively compared with households with girls. In general, household with boys also tend to have larger land holdings, and use animal and human labor to a greater extent than household with girls.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 07-09.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pae:wpaper:07-09
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