Social Preferences and Agricultural Innovation: An Experimental Case Study from Ethiopia

Kebede, Bereket and Zizzo, Daniel John (2015) Social Preferences and Agricultural Innovation: An Experimental Case Study from Ethiopia. World Development, 67. pp. 267-280. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

We run an experiment in Ethiopia where farmers can use their own money to decrease the money of others (money burning). The data support the prediction from an inequality aversion model based on absolute income differences; but there is no support for an inequality aversion model based on comparison with mean payoff of others. Experimentally measured money burning on the village level is negatively correlated to real-life agricultural innovations. This result is robust even when data from another independent survey than the current research are used. This underscores the importance of social preferences in agricultural innovations in developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open access article published under a CC BY licence
Uncontrolled Keywords: social preferences,money burning,agricultural innovations,ethiopia
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 10:10
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:53
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/52351
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.10.022

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