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Identity, Interest and Information Search in a Dynamic Rural Economy

Paulo Santos and Christopher Barrett ()

World Development, 2010, vol. 38, issue 12, 1788-1796

Abstract: Summary This paper examines how farmers in a developing country search for information. Using data on farmers' decisions to connect with other farmers in order to ask for information about different agricultural problems, we explore the role played by identity in accessing information. We show that farmers target different subsets of acquaintances when searching for different types of information, supporting the view that identity cannot be the main determinant of such decisions.

Keywords: Africa; Ghana; identity; social; networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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