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Sustainable technology adoption: who and what matters in a farmer's decision?

Laepple, D., Holloway, G., Lacombe, D. J. and O'Donaghue, C. (2017) Sustainable technology adoption: who and what matters in a farmer's decision? European Review of Agricultural Economics, 44 (5). pp. 810-835. ISSN 0165-1587

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EU milk quota removal brings a renewed focus on continued adoption of sustainable technologies. This article explores spatial effects in their adoption using Bayesian spatial probit models employing a representative sample of Irish dairy farms. We consider global and local spatial effects, and overcome a missing neighbour problem by implementing census data in our spatial weight matrix. The findings reveal that spatial effects spill over to neighbours and better educated farmers with larger more intensively managed farms are more likely to adopt. The article concludes with policy recommendations that arise from our spatial analysis.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Centre for Agricultural Strategy (CAS)
ID Code:70203
Publisher:Oxford University Press


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