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Envy and Agricultural Innovation in Africa: An Experimental Case Study from Ethiopia


Bereket Kebede


University of East Anglia - School of International Development and CBESS

Daniel John Zizzo


University of East Anglia - School of Economics and CBESS

June 23, 2010


Abstract:     
This paper examines the impact of envy or related social preferences on agricultural innovation in Ethiopia by combining experimental and household survey data. In the first stage of a money burning game, income inequality is induced by providing differential endowments and enabling subjects to play a lottery. In the second stage, people are allowed to decrease (‘burn’) other players’ money at their own expense. Empirical results indicate that the level of agricultural adoption in these four communities is correlated to the level of envy captured through the experimental games.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Ethiopia, Envy, Money Burning Games, Agricultural Innovations

JEL Classification: C93, D03, O12, O55

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Date posted: June 23, 2010  

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Kebede, Bereket and Zizzo, Daniel John, Envy and Agricultural Innovation in Africa: An Experimental Case Study from Ethiopia (June 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1629179 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1629179

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Bereket Kebede
University of East Anglia - School of International Development and CBESS ( email )
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.uea.ac.uk/dev/People/Academic/kebede
Daniel John Zizzo (Contact Author)
University of East Anglia - School of Economics and CBESS ( email )
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom
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