Incentives, Social Learning and Economic Development Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Uganda

PhD defence

Incentives, Social Learning and Economic Development Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Uganda

PhD candidate KM (Kelvin) Shikuku
Promotor prof.dr.ir. EH (Erwin) Bulte
prof.dr. KE (Ken) Giller
Co-promotor dr. J (Janneke) Pieters
Organisation Wageningen University, Development Economics
Date

Tue 4 December 2018 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

Informational constraints hinder successful adoption and scaling of potentially beneficial agricultural technologies. Social learning in the form of farmer-to-farmer technology transfer can help to address informational constraints. Without incentives, however, the first individuals in the target population to receive the technology may not “automatically” share the knowledge with their neighbours.

This thesis examined the effect of private material rewards and social recognition on the diffusion of agricultural technologies through social learning. Secondly, it assessed the role of social distance in influencing information exchange, and the subsequent impacts on knowledge exposure and technology adoption. Thirdly, the mechanisms through which social networks influence technology diffusion were examined. Fourthly, the thesis quantified the impacts of adopting climate smart agricultural (CSA) technologies on productivity, downside risk, food security, and resilience of livelihoods in the post-conflict northern Uganda.