The Effects of Risk Preferences on the Adoption of Post-Harvest Technology: Evidence from Rural Cambodia

Daichi Shimamoto, Hiroyuki Yamada, Ayako Wakano

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Abstract

We investigate how rice farmers’ risk preferences affect the adoption of post-harvest technology in Cambodia, focusing on moisture meters. We find that risk-averse farmers are more likely to adopt moisture meters, although the degree of farmers’ loss aversion or the extent to which they tended to overweight small probabilities do not affect the adoption. In the setting of our study, the effects of farmers’ risk preferences on agricultural technology adoption can be described by using expected utility theory. However, controlling for loss aversion and probability weighting improves the precision of examining the effects of farmers’ risk preferences on adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Development Studies
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017 Jun 24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development

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