Can an Education Program Be a Substitute for a Regulatory Program that Bans Pesticides? Evidence from a Panel Selection Model

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Rachael E. Goodhue

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Karen Klonsky

University of California, Davis

Sandeep Mohapatra

University of Alberta

Date Written: July 2010

Abstract

Governments, nonprofit organizations, and grower groups have expended considerable resources on agricultural extension and education programs, even though the evidence regarding the impact of these programs on farmers’ technology choices and productivity is mixed. Many of the studies finding substantial effects have methodological problems. We control for these methodological problems by using a panel selection model to examine the effect of the Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems program on California almond growers’ replacement of organophosphate pesticides with alternatives considered less environmentally harmful. We find that the program significantly decreased organophosphate use, suggesting that grower education programs can be an effective policy tool.

Keywords: almonds, Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems program, extension programs, organophosphates, panel selection models, pesticide use, technology adoption, technology disadoption

Suggested Citation

Goodhue, Rachael E. and Klonsky, Karen and Mohapatra, Sandeep, Can an Education Program Be a Substitute for a Regulatory Program that Bans Pesticides? Evidence from a Panel Selection Model (July 2010). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 92, Issue 4, pp. 956-971, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3569214 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaq032

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Karen Klonsky

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Sandeep Mohapatra

University of Alberta

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