Expected Product Market Reforms and Technology Adoption by Senegalese Onion Producers

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Tanguy Bernard

University of Bordeaux - GREThA (Research Group in Theoretical and Applied Economics)

Alain de Janvry

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

Samba Mbaye

Gaston Berger University

Elisabeth Sadoulet

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

We assess the responsiveness of Senegalese onion producers to their knowledge of expected changes in product market conditions, whereby onions would no longer be sold based on volume but rather on weight and with labeling certifying quality. A village‐level randomized information campaign on the upcoming introduction of these reforms induced significant investments by farmers into quality‐enhancing inputs. Delays in the actual introduction of scales enabled us to rigorously identify positive price effects from these investments. Our results point to the importance of farmers’ expectations regarding the improved functioning of product markets in triggering technology adoption.

Keywords: Agricultural technology, product market, quality, Sub‐Saharan Africa

Suggested Citation

Bernard, Tanguy and de Janvry, Alain and Mbaye, Samba and Sadoulet, Elisabeth, Expected Product Market Reforms and Technology Adoption by Senegalese Onion Producers (July 2017). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 99, Issue 4, pp. 1096-1115, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3577885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aax033

Tanguy Bernard (Contact Author)

University of Bordeaux - GREThA (Research Group in Theoretical and Applied Economics) ( email )

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Pessa, 33608
France

Alain De Janvry

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy ( email )

2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7320
United States

Samba Mbaye

Gaston Berger University

Saint Louis
Senegal

Elisabeth Sadoulet

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy ( email )

2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7320
United States

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