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dc.contributor.authorMoser, Christine M.
dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Christopher B.
dc.descriptionWP 2003-20 June 2003
dc.descriptionJEL Classification Codes: O0 ; Q0
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the dynamics of smallholder technology adoption, with particular reference to a high-yielding, low-external input rice production method in Madagascar. We present a simple model of technology adoption by farm households in an environment of incomplete financial and land markets. We then use a probit model and a symmetrically trimmed least squares estimation of a dynamic Tobit model to analyze the decisions to adopt, expand and disadopt the method. We find that seasonal liquidity constraints discourage adoption by poorer farmers. Learning effects – both from extension agents and from other farmers– exert significant influence over adoption decisions.
dc.publisherCharles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
dc.subjectTechnology adoption
dc.subjectSystem of Rice Intensification
dc.subjectconformity effects
dc.titleThe Complex Dynamics of Smallholder Technology Adoption: The Case of SRI in Madagascar

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