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This paper examines technology adoption and integrated pest management strategies employed by UK farmers, using both parametric and nonparametric methods. We employ a unique survey data set collected from UK cereal farmers to assess the determinants of technology adoption in relation to pest management. Our preferred model specification is nonparametric which makes use of the recently developed methods of Li and Racine (2007) and Racine and Li (2004). These methods allow us to combine categorical and continuous data and thereby avoid sample splitting and resulting efficiency losses. Our analysis reveals that total area farmed is positively related to the number of technologies adopted, whereas age is negatively related. We also find evidence of significant statistical differences for number of adoptions by region across the UK.

Keywords: technology ; adoption ; cereal farming ; UK ; nonparametric

Subject(s): Environmental Economics and Policy

Industrial Organization

Land Economics/Use

Risk and Uncertainty

Issue Date: 2009-06

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/51335

Total Pages: 19

JEL Codes: O14; Q16

Series Statement: Contributed Paper

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Record appears in: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) > 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China





Autor: Sharma, Abhijit ; Bailey, Alastair ; Fraser, Iain

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/51335?ln=en







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