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This study examines the impact of adopting Bt corn on farm profits, yields, and insecticide use. The study employs an econometric model that corrects for self-selection and simultaneity. The model is estimated using nationwide farm-level survey data for 2005. Regression analysis confirms that Bt adoption is associated with increased profits, yields and seeding rates. However, the results of this analysis suggest that Bt adoption is not significantly related to insecticide use. This result appears to be related to the fact that insect infestation levels were lower in 2005 than they were in earlier years.

Keywords: Genetically engineered corn ; insect resistance ; Bt corn ; insecticide use ; technology adoption ; yields

Subject(s): Production Economics

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: 2011-07

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

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Total Pages: 29

Series Statement: Selected Paper


Record appears in: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) > 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Autor: Fernandez-Cornejo, Jorge ; Wechsler, Seth James


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