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Impact of farmer education on farm productivity under varying technologies: case of paddy growers in India

Kirtti Paltasingh and Phanindra Goyari ()
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Phanindra Goyari: University of Hyderabad

Agricultural and Food Economics, 2018, vol. 6, issue 1, 1-19

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyzes the effects of education on farm productivity in the case of growers of modern and traditional varieties of paddy in Odisha, Eastern India. Using an endogenous switching regression model, the study has found that a minimum threshold level of education is significantly influencing the adoption of modern varieties of paddy and thereby the farm productivity of adopters only. So, the study finds the evidence in support of Schultz hypothesis that says education enhances farm productivity in the case of adopters of modern technology. The study suggests that farmers’ field school program must be implemented along with a strong extension network in the study region for a wider dissemination modern technology.

Keywords: Education; Technology adoption; Farm productivity; Endogenous switching regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q12 Q16 C31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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