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Social Capital and Improved Stoves Usage Decisions in the Northern Peruvian Andes

Marcos Agurto Adrianzen ()

World Development, 2014, vol. 54, issue C, 1-17

Abstract: This paper explores how village level technology usage patterns and bonding social capital (the strength of intra-communal links) mutually influence the individual usage decision of an improved stove in the Peruvian Andes. It shows that the individual usage likelihood is more responsive to village usage patterns if communal bonding links are relatively strong, and that bonding social capital discourages individual usage if the proportion of beneficiaries experiencing usage problems is relatively high. Usage problems were mainly related to faulty stove’s materials, which were likely exogenous to households’ characteristics. Social capital was measured before the intervention, which alleviates reverse causality issues.

Keywords: technology adoption; bonding social capital; improved stoves; Peruvian Andes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.07.004

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