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Analysis of Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Genetically Modified Insect-resistant Rice in China


  • Ruomei Xu

    (College of Economics and Management, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China)

  • Yanrui Wu

    (Business School, University of Western Australia)

  • Jingdong Luan

    (College of Economics and Management, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China)


Genetically modified (GM) crops, particularly GM grain crops, have been controversial since their commercialization in 1996. However, only a few studies have investigated farmers’ attitudes toward adopting GM grain crops in China. This study explores farmers’ willingness to adopt GM insect-resistant rice prior to its commercial release in China and determines the factors that affect farmers’ prospective adoption decisions. The analysis is based on data collected by using a questionnaire. The results of econometric analyses show that increasing output and income, and simplicity in crop management, have positive effects on prospective adoption, whereas the high seed price of GM rice has a significantly negative effect. Health implications also have a significantly positive effect on the farmers’ decision to adopt GM grain crops. A comparative analysis of ordered and binary probit models also demonstrates that farmers are more deliberate in their decisions when they have fewer choices.

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  • Ruomei Xu & Yanrui Wu & Jingdong Luan, 2016. "Analysis of Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Genetically Modified Insect-resistant Rice in China," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 16-01, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:16-01

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