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Project Citation: 

Emerick, Kyle, de Janvry, Alain, Sadoulet, Elisabeth, and Dar, Manzoor H. Replication data for: Technological Innovations, Downside Risk, and the Modernization of Agriculture. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2016. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We use a randomized experiment in India to show that improved technology enhances agricultural productivity by crowding in modern inputs and cultivation practices. Specifically, we show that a new rice variety that reduces downside risk by providing flood tolerance has positive effects on adoption of a more labor-intensive planting method, area cultivated, fertilizer usage, and credit utilization. We find that a large share of the expected gains from the technology comes from crowding in of other investments. Therefore, improved technologies that reduce risk by protecting production in bad years have the potential to increase agricultural productivity in normal years.

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JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      O13 Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
      O33 Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
      Q14 Agricultural Finance
      Q15 Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
      Q16 Agricultural R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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