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Technological Innovations in Agricultural Tractors: Adopters’ behaviour towards new technological trajectories and future directions

Ester Ferrari (), Luigi Bollani, Mario Coccia () and Eugenio Cavallo ()
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Ester Ferrari: PhD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines (IMAMOTER), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Torino, Italy.
Luigi Bollani: Researcher, University of Turin, Department of Economics and Statistics, Torino, Italy
Eugenio Cavallo: PhD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines (IMAMOTER), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Torino, Italy.

CERIS Working Paper from Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY

Abstract: Latest advancements in tractors engineering have allowed farmers to increase productivity, and simultaneously to reduce operator’s hazards. However, little attention has been given to farmers’ behaviour and attitude toward the adoption of technological innovations concerning agricultural tractors. The study explores farmers’ behaviours on agricultural tractors current and future technological trajectories. A main case study concerning Italy is analyzed. Results show three different behaviours of farmers concerning tractors’ technological innovations. These adopters’ profiles would help developing new technologies that satisfy, more and more, farmers’ needs and expectations, speeding up the adoption process, enhancing agricultural tractors’ efficacy and efficiency.

Keywords: agricultural tractor; technological innovation; technological trajectories; adopters; farmers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q16 Q55 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-cse and nep-eff
Date: 2013-06
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