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A nonparametric analysis of the impact of agri-environmental advisory activities on best management practice adoption: A case study of Québec

Lota Tamini ()

Ecological Economics, 2011, vol. 70, issue 7, 1363-1374

Abstract: This study investigates the factors that determine producers' participation in agri-environmental advisory activities and their adoption of best management practices (BMPs) in Québec (Canada). Data were collected from farmers via telephone interviews, and the impacts of agri-environmental extension activities were analyzed using average treatment effect and local average treatment effect, estimated with non-parametric approaches. The average effects of agri-environmental extension activities are statistically significant for the majority of BMPs. We also find a statistically significant formal diffusion effect of producers' membership in an agri-environmental advisory club. The informal diffusion effect is statistically significant for BMPs that require advanced technical knowledge.

Keywords: Best; management; practices; Producers'; behavior; Agri-environmental; extension; Treatment; effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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