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Information Transmission in Irrigation Technology Adoption and Diffusion: Social Learning, Extension Services, and Spatial Effects

Margarita Genius, Phoebe Koundouri, Céline Nauges and Vangelis Tzouvelekas

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 96, issue 1, pages 328-344
Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online August 2013 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aat054
Information Transmission in Irrigation Technology Adoption and Diffusion: Social Learning, Extension Services, and Spatial Effects

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In this article, we investigate the role of information transmission in promoting agricultural technology adoption and diffusion through extension services and social learning. We develop a theoretical model of technology adoption and diffusion, which we then empirically apply, using duration analysis, on a micro-dataset consisting of recall data covering the period 1994–2004 for olive-producing farms from Crete, Greece. Our findings suggest that both extension services and social learning are strong determinants of technology adoption and diffusion, while the effectiveness of each of the two informational channels is enhanced by the presence of the other.

Keywords: extension services; irrigation water; olive-farms; social learning; technology adoption; diffusion; C41; O16; O33; Q25

Journal Article.  9066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Technological Change; Research and Development ; Econometric and Statistical Methods; Special Topics ; Renewable Resources and Conservation ; Economic Development

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