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Personality Traits, Technology Adoption, and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Smallholder Rice Farms in Ghana


Daniel Ayalew Ali


World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Derick Bowen


World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Klaus Deininger


World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

February 2, 2017

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7959

Abstract:     
Although a large literature highlights the impact of personality traits on key labor market outcomes, evidence of their impact on agricultural production decisions remains limited. Data from 1,200 Ghanaian rice farmers suggest that noncognitive skills (polychronicity, work centrality, and optimism) significantly affect simple adoption decisions, returns from adoption, and technical efficiency in rice production, and that the size of the estimated impacts exceeds that of traditional human capital measures. Greater focus on personality traits relative to cognitive skills may help accelerate innovation diffusion in the short term, and help farmers to respond flexibly to new opportunities and risks in the longer term.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: Inequality, Economic Growth, Economic Theory & Research, Industrial Economics


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Date posted: February 3, 2017  

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Ali, Daniel Ayalew and Bowen, Derick and Deininger, Klaus, Personality Traits, Technology Adoption, and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Smallholder Rice Farms in Ghana (February 2, 2017). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7959. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2910738

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Daniel Ayalew Ali (Contact Author)
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )
1818 H. Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20433
United States
Derick Bowen
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )
1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Klaus Deininger
World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
HOME PAGE: http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/kdeininger
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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