Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102247
Authors: 
Songsermsawas, Tisorn
Baylis, Kathy
Chhatre, Ashwini
Michelson, Hope
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4958
Abstract: 
Productivity varies greatly among farmers and the source of that variation is not fully understood. Using a unique Indian household survey, we estimate peer effects on agricultural revenue. Results show that 60% of farmers' revenue is explained by peers. Input expenditures and land allocation to cash crops do not fully explain the variation in revenue, implying peers may also affect management, negotiation and marketing strategies. We verify that endogenous network formation, geography, off-farm opportunities and agricultural extension do not drive our results. Peer effects are strongest for agricultural peers and in the cultivation of a new crop.
Subjects: 
peer effects
agricultural productivity
India
crop revenue
JEL: 
C21
D85
Q12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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