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

31 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2017  

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)

Date Written: February 2, 2017

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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

Daniel Ayalew Ali (Contact Author)

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Derick Bowen

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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Klaus Deininger

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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