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New journal paper on impact of improved maize adoption on welfare of farm households

New journal paper on impact of improved maize adoption on welfare of farm households

The paper "Impact of Improved Maize Adoption on Welfare of Farm Households in Malawi: A Panel Data Analysis" written by Sosina Bezu, Girma T. Kassie, Bekele Shiferaw and Jacob Ricker - Gilbert has been published in the journal World Development.

New journal paper on impact of improved maize adoption on welfare of farm households

The paper is published as a New Journal Paper and can be downloaded here.

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Summary of the paper

This paper assesses rural households’ decision to use improved maize varieties in Malawi and examines its impact on household welfare using a three-year household panel data. The distributional effect of maize technology adoption is investigated by looking at impacts across wealth and gender groups. We applied control function approach and IV regression to control for possible endogeneity of input subsidy and area under improved maize. We found that area under improved maize varieties is positively correlated with own maize consumption, income and asset holdings. We found evidence that improved maize adoption has a stronger impact on welfare of poorer households.

Published 1. July 2014 - 13:19 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:30

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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