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Record number 511129
Title Welfare impacts of improved chickpea adoption: A pathway for rural development in Ethiopia?
Author(s) Verkaart, Simone; Munyua, Bernard G.; Mausch, Kai; Michler, Jeffrey D.
Source Food Policy 66 (2017). - ISSN 0306-9192 - p. 50 - 61.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.11.007
Department(s) Development Economics Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) Control function - Ethiopia - Improved chickpea - Poverty - Technology adoption
Abstract We analyse the impact of improved chickpea adoption on welfare in Ethiopia using three rounds of panel data. First, we estimate the determinants of improved chickpea adoption using a double hurdle model. We apply a control function approach with correlated random effects to control for possible endogeneity resulting from access to improved seed and technology transfer activities. To instrument for these variables we develop novel distance weighted measures of a household's neighbours’ access to improved seed and technology transfer activities. Second, we estimate the impact of area under improved chickpea cultivation on household income and poverty. We apply a fixed effects instrumental variables approach where we use the predicted area under cultivation from the double hurdle model as an instrument for observed area under cultivation. We find that improved chickpea adoption significantly increases household income while also reducing household poverty. Finally, we disaggregate results by landholding to explore whether the impact of adoption has heterogeneous effects. Adoption favoured all but the largest landholders, for who the new technology did not have a significant impact on income. Overall, increasing access to improved chickpea appears a promising pathway for rural development in Ethiopia's chickpea growing regions.
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