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The impact of agricultural cooperatives membership on the wellbeing of smallholder farmers: empirical evidence from eastern Ethiopia

Musa Ahmed and Hiwot Mekonnen Mesfin ()
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Hiwot Mekonnen Mesfin: Haramaya University

Agricultural and Food Economics, 2017, vol. 5, issue 1, 1-20

Abstract: Abstract This study evaluated the impact of agricultural cooperative membership on the wellbeing of smallholder farmers using cross-sectional data collected from the eastern part of Ethiopia. Using consumption per adult equivalent as a wellbeing indicator, we measured the impact of agricultural cooperative membership by implementing propensity score matching and endogenous switching regression estimation techniques. Both estimation methods indicate that joining agricultural cooperatives has a positive impact on the wellbeing of smallholder farmers. Furthermore, the analysis also indicates that agricultural cooperative membership has a heterogeneous impact on wellbeing among its members.

Keywords: Agricultural cooperatives; Impact evaluation; Wellbeing; PSM; Endogenous treatment; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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