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Expected Product Market Reforms and Technology Adoption by Senegalese Onion Producers

Tanguy Bernard, Alain de Janvry (), Samba Mbaye and Elisabeth Sadoulet ()

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2017, vol. 99, issue 4, 1096-1115

Abstract: We assess the responsiveness of Senegalese onion producers to their knowledge of expected changes in product market conditions, whereby onions would no longer be sold based on volume but rather on weight and with labeling certifying quality. A village-level randomized information campaign on the upcoming introduction of these reforms induced significant investments by farmers into quality-enhancing inputs. Delays in the actual introduction of scales enabled us to rigorously identify positive price effects from these investments. Our results point to the importance of farmers’ expectations regarding the improved functioning of product markets in triggering technology adoption.

Keywords: Agricultural technology; product market; quality; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q12 Q13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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