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dc.contributor.authorWeixler-Landis, Barryen
dc.coverage.spatialTororoen
dc.coverage.spatialKapchorwaen
dc.coverage.spatialUgandaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-26T07:00:12Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-26T07:00:12Zen
dc.date.issued2014-07-03en
dc.identifier8329en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:3135en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/64358en
dc.description.abstractMany poor farmers, especially in Africa, have not adopted recent farming innovations to improve their yields. One theory is that poor farmers are risk averse and therefore do not invest in high risk high return innovations and that risk averse farmers will only adopt larger innovations if they experience success with small ones. Risk preferences were measured in two districts in Uganda (Tororo and Kapchorwa) where adoption of agricultural innovations has been slow, and where a program is underway to encourage use of conservation agriculture practices (CAPs) to reduce soil erosion and sequester carbon. An ordered lottery selection was used to measure risk preferences and an ordered probit model was estimated. Thirty five percent of a random sample of 200 farmers in Tororo (and fifty three percent of 200 farmers in Kapchorwa) made lottery choices that implied severe or extreme risk aversion. However there was no indication that risk preferences correlate with willingness to adopt new technologies (such as CAPs). Neither wealth nor previous success with technology adoption were found to correlate with farmers' risk preferences.en
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectPartial Risk Aversionen
dc.subjectOrdered Lottery Selectionen
dc.subjectOrdered Probiten
dc.titleRisk Aversion and Adoption of Conservation Agriculture Practices in Eastern Ugandaen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Applied Economicsen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.description.notesCCRA-6 (Economic and Impact Analysis)en
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Applied Economicsen
dc.contributor.committeechairNorton, George W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberAlwang, Jeffrey R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBosch, Darrell J.en


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