Effects of Peers on Agricultural Productivity in Rural Northern India

Songsermsawas, T and Baylis, K R and Chhatre, A (2014) Effects of Peers on Agricultural Productivity in Rural Northern India. In: 2014 AAEA/EAAE/CAES Joint Symposium: Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food, May 29-30, 2014, Montreal, Canada.

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Abstract

Using a unique dataset from a household survey containing explicit social relationships among individual farmers, this study estimate the effect of peers on the revenue from cash crop sales among small-scale farmers in Northern India. We explore the learning mechanism through which peer effect occurs through improved input use and higher degree of commercialization. The significant and positive peer effects support the evidence of social learning. We control for the reflection problem using the technique proposed by Bramoulle, Djebbari, and Fortin (2009). Additionally, the positive evidence of peer effects do not disappear when we alter the definition of peers.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Chhatre, Ahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-7867
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The research paper was published by the author with the affiliation of University of Illinois.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural Productivity, social relationships, farmers
Subjects: Sustainable Development
Socio Political System
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 18:17
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 18:17
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1005
Publisher URL: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/166115
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