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Crossbred cow adoption and its correlates: countable adoption specification search in Sri Lanka's small holder dairy sector

Edirisinghe, J. C. and Holloway, G. J. (2015) Crossbred cow adoption and its correlates: countable adoption specification search in Sri Lanka's small holder dairy sector. Agricultural Economics, 46 (S1). pp. 13-28. ISSN 0169-5150

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/agec.12195

Abstract/Summary

Considerable specification choice confronts countable adoption investigations and there is need to measure, formally, the evidence in favor of competing formulations. This article presents alternative countable adoption specifications—hitherto neglected in the agricultural-economics literature—and assesses formally their usefulness to practitioners. Reference to the left side of de Finetti's (1937) famous representation theorem motivates Bayesian unification of agricultural adoption studies and facilitates comparisons with conventional binary-choice specifications. Such comparisons have not previously been considered. The various formulations and the specific techniques are highlighted in an application to crossbred cow adoption in Sri Lanka's small-holder dairy sector.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Centre for Agricultural Strategy (CAS)
ID Code:39336
Uncontrolled Keywords:Count-data adoption, specification search, Bayesian unification of agricultural adoption studies, Sri Lankan small-holder dairy sector
Publisher:Wiley

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