Do Incentives matter for Knowledge Diffusion? Experimental Evidence from Uganda
J. Sseruyange and
Erwin Bulte ()
No 275896, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists
Many development interventions involve training of beneficiaries, based on the assumption that knowledge and skills will spread “automatically” among a wider target population. However, diffusion of knowledge (or innovations) can be slow and incomplete. We use a randomized field experiment in Uganda to assess the impact of providing incentives for knowledge diffusion, and pay trained individuals a fee if they share knowledge obtained during a financial literacy training. Our main results are that incentives increase knowledge sharing, and that it may be cost-effective to provide such incentives. We also document an absence of assortative matching in the social learning process.
Keywords: International Development; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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