Technology Adoption and Pest Control Strategies Among UK Cereal Farmers: Evidence from Parametric and Nonparametric Count Data Models

Abhijit Sharma, Alastair Bailey, Iain Fraser

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Abstract

This paper examines the intensity of technology adoption and integrated pest management strategies employed by UK farmers, using both parametric and nonparametric methods. We employ a unique survey dataset collected from UK cereal farmers to assess the determinants of technology adoption in relation to pest management. Our preferred model specification is nonparametric, with models estimated yielding broadly similar results, with some important qualitative differences. All models indicate that total area farmed is positively related to the number of technologies adopted, whereas the number of years of experience of the farmer is negatively related. We also find evidence with our nonparametric specification of significant statistical differences for number of adoptions by region across the UK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Volume62
Issue number1
Early online date17 Sep 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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