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Impact of climate change beliefs on farm households’ adaptation behaviors: the case of Ivory Coast

Louise Ella Desquith

No 2023-5, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: This paper examines how climate beliefs influence the climate change adaptation decisions of Ivorian farmers. Two regions (Bouaké and Bonoua) were selected for data collection and 658 households were surveyed according to the level of exposure to climate shocks and the type of farming practiced. Using a multivariate probit model, we analyze the impact of climate beliefs on decisions to implement an adaptation strategy. Our results indicate that the impact of beliefs on adaptation decisions differs according to the region considered. In Bouaké, religious and traditional beliefs, and subjective predictions about temperature and rainfall trends are the determining factors in farmers' adaptation decisions. In the Bonoua locality, however, concerns about climate change and confidence in scientific studies on the worsening of CC determine farmers' adaptation decisions. Based on our results, we develop policy guidelines.

Keywords: Climate change; beliefs; climate adaptation; behavior; multivariate Probit; farm households (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 D81 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2023
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