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Adoption of Genetically Modified Eggplant in India: An Ex Ante Analysis

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  • Economics


Microsoft Word - AAEA paper practice.doc 1 Adoption of Genetically Modified Eggplant in India:-An Ex Ante Analysis Deepthi Kolady and William Lesser Department of Applied Economics and Management Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 USA Selected Paper Prepared for Presentation at the American Agricultural Economic Association Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, July24- 27,2005 Copyright 2005 by Deepthi Kolady and William Lesser. Readers may take verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies. Contact Address: Deepthi kolady,[email protected] William Lesser,[email protected] Applied Economics and Management 153, Warren Hall Ithaca, 14853 NY, USA 2 Abstract This paper uses a bivariate probit model to estimate the probability of adoption of Genetically Modified eggplant (Bt eggplant) in India. According to the study farm and contextual characteristics influence the expected adoption of Bt technology. Models that predict acreage under Bt technology, given the decision to adopt are also estimated. Key Words: Genetically Modified Crops, Bt Eggplant, Adoption, India JEL Classifications: O13, O14, O33 I. Introduction Agriculture has been the engine of economic growth in developing countries, and will continue to be so in Africa and South Asia in the next decades, as more than two- third of the population lives in rural areas and derive their livelihoods from agriculture. To meet the increasing food demands with declining per capita arable land, agricultural productivity increase and product diversifications are required to ensure broad-based economic growth capable of improving the livelihoods of the poor. Technologies associated with Green Revolution especially, conventional plant breeding techniques are becoming less promising after se

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