Can Peers Improve Agricultural Productivity?

Songsermsawas, T and Baylis, K and Chhatre, A and Michelson, H C (2014) Can Peers Improve Agricultural Productivity? Working Paper. SSRN.

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Productivity varies greatly among farmers and the source of that variation is not fully understood. Using a unique Indian household survey, we estimate peer effects on agricultural revenue. Results show that 60% of farmers' revenue is explained by peers. Input expenditures and land allocation to cash crops do not fully explain the variation in revenue, implying peers may also affect management, negotiation and marketing strategies. We verify that endogenous network formation, geography, off-farm opportunities and agricultural extension do not drive our results. Peer effects are strongest for agricultural peers and in the cultivation of a new crop.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: The research paper was published by the author with the affiliation of University of Illinois.
Subjects: Sustainable Development
Socio Political System
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 16:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 16:18

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