CAN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND INPUT SUPPORT BE DISCONTINUED? EVIDENCE FROM A RANDOMIZED PHASEOUT IN UGANDA

Ram Fishman, Stephen C. Smith, Vida Bobić, Munshi Sulaiman

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Abstract

Many development programs that attempt to disseminate improved technologies are limited in duration because of external funding constraints or an assumption of impact sustainability, but there is limited evidence on whether and when terminating such programs is efficient. We provide novel experimental evidence on the impacts of a randomized phaseout of an agricultural extension and subsidy program that promotes improved inputs and cultivation practices among smallholder women farmers in Uganda. We find that phaseout does not diminish the use of either practices or inputs as farmers shift purchases from NGO-sponsored village-based supply networks to market sources. These results indicate that short-term interventions can suffice to trigger persistent effects, consistent with models of technology adoption that emphasize learning from experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1273-1288
Number of pages16
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume104
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Nov 2022

Funding

FundersFunder number
BRAC
Institute of Labor Economics
United States Agency for International Development201121454-07, AID-OAA-L-12-00001
Inter-American Development Bank
Yale University10641
Tel Aviv University

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