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The Adoption Puzzle: What Can We Learn from Field Experiments in Agricultural?

Alain de Janvry, University of California, Berkeley

Field experiments originated in agriculture. They have by now been extensively applied to research questions in the social sciences. A puzzle in developing country agriculture is the low adoption rate of technological innovations presumed to be privately profitable. Field experiments offer a unique opportunity to crack this puzzle with rigorous research. In using them, important methodological advances have been made. We review these advances and show options to adapt the approach to address some of the remaining unresolved issues, while also suggesting how to combine field experiments with other research methods according to the question asked.

Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:15 pm in Salon E/F

Alain de Janvry is an agricultural economist working on international economic development with expertise in agriculture and rural development. He is a professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics and of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was co-director of the World Bank’s "World Development Report 2008 on Agriculture for Development and author with Elisabeth Sadoulet of Development Economics: Theory and Practice, Routledge" (2016). He is a member of the French National Academy of Agriculture and a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.

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