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

39 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2010  

Bereket Kebede

University of East Anglia - School of International Development and CBESS

Daniel John Zizzo

BENC and Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University

Date Written: 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.

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

JEL Classification: C93, D03, O12, O55

Suggested Citation

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

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)

BENC and Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University ( email )

United Kingdom

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