Journal Article

The Importance of Learning in the Adoption of High-Yielding Variety Seeds

Lisa A. Cameron

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 1, pages 83-94
Published in print February 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online February 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI:
The Importance of Learning in the Adoption of High-Yielding Variety Seeds

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To date, due to the lack of panel data, most micro-level empirical studies of technology adoption have used cross-sectional data. These studies cannot examine the dynamic processes of adoption such as learning. This article uses panel data to study the adoption of a new high-yielding variety seed. First, it establishes that learning is an important variable in the adoption process. Second, it establishes that cross-sectional estimates of a dynamic process are biased but that the extent of this bias may be small. Third, it illustrates the econometric methods needed to estimate a dynamic model when controlling for unobserved household heterogeneity.

Keywords: learning; panel data; technology adoption; O130; Q160

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics ; Economic Development

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