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Agricultural technology adoption and Nonfarm earnings in Uganda: a Semiparametric analysis

Gracious Diiro () and Abdoul G. Sam ()
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Abdoul G. Sam: The Ohio State University, USA

Journal of Developing Areas, 2015, vol. 49, issue 2, 145-162

Abstract: Household diversification into nonfarm work activities is a major rural livelihood strategy in many developing economies. In this paper, we explore empirically if rural households in Uganda leverage their nonfarm earnings to overcome credit constraints and invest in high yielding maize seed varieties. We use a semiparametric estimator of binary outcomes that accommodates endogenous regressors straightforwardly to estimate the effect of nonfarm income on technology adoption decisions. Our results show that nonfarm income has a positive and significant effect on the adoption of improved maize seed.C

Keywords: improved maize seed; nonfarm income; adoption; semiparametric analysis; Uganda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 O12 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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