EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Learning about a New Technology: Pineapple in Ghana

Timothy Conley () and Christopher Udry ()

American Economic Review, 2010, vol. 100, issue 1, 35-69

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of social learning in the diffusion of a new agricultural technology in Ghana. We use unique data on farmers' communication patterns to define each individual's information neighborhood. Conditional on many potentially confounding variables, we find evidence that farmers adjust their inputs to align with those of their information neighbors who were surprisingly successful in previous periods. The relationship of these input adjustments to experience further indicates the presence of social learning. In addition, applying the same method to input choices for another crop, of known technology, correctly indicates an absence of social learning effects. (JEL D83, O13, O33, Q16)

JEL-codes: D83 O13 O33 Q16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.100.1.35
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (469) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/aer.100.1.35 (application/pdf)
http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/data/mar2010/20050697_data.zip (application/zip)
Access to full text is restricted to AEA members and institutional subscribers.

Related works:
Journal Article: Learning about a new technology: pineapple in Ghana (2005) Downloads
Working Paper: Learning About a New Technology: Pineapple in Ghana (2004) Downloads
Working Paper: Learning About a New Technology: Pineapple In Ghana (2000) Downloads
Working Paper: Learning about a New Technology: Pineapple in Ghana (2000)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:100:y:2010:i:1:p:35-69

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/subscriptions

Access Statistics for this article

American Economic Review is currently edited by Esther Duflo

More articles in American Economic Review from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-30
Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:100:y:2010:i:1:p:35-69