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Title:Credit constraints as a barrier to technology adoption by the poor: Lessons from South-Indian small-scale fishery PDF Logo
Authors:Giné, Xavier
Klonner, Stefan
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/104
Abstract:We study the diffusion of a capital intensive technology among a fishing community in south India and analyze the dynamics of income inequality during this process. We find that lack of asset wealth is an important predictor of delayed technology adoption. During the diffusion process, inequality follows Kuznets’ well-known inverted U-shaped curve. The empirical results imply that redistributive policies favouring the poor result in accelerated economic growth and a shorter duration of sharpened inequality.
Subjects:technology adoption
inequality
fishing sector
India
JEL:O33
O13
O25
ISBN:9291908886
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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