Adoption of innovation in agriculture

A critical review of economic and psychological models

João Augusto Rossi Borges (Lead / Corresponding author), Alfons G. J. M. Oude Lansink, Grigorios Emvalomatis

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    Abstract

    Two main models have been used to analyse farmers' decisions to adopt an innovation; the first is based on the concept of utility maximisation (UM) and the second is based on the theory of planned behaviour (TPB). This study uses a vote-count method to identify the effect of different variables on farmers' adoption decisions in 36 studies using either UM or the TPB. Results from the UM studies show that the explanatory variables mostly have an insignificant effect on the adoption decision. When the effects are significant, the sign of the effect is inconsistent across studies. Results from the TPB studies show that correlations between the psychological constructs used in this type of model are significant in most cases. However, most variables are only used in one or two studies and it is therefore not possible to detect a clear pattern across studies that used the TPB model.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)36-56
    Number of pages21
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    Early online date5 Nov 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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    Agriculture
    Innovation
    Economics
    Theory of planned behavior
    Psychological
    Adoption of innovations
    Utility maximization
    Farmers

    Keywords

    • Adoption
    • Agriculture
    • Decision
    • Farmer
    • Innovation
    • Theory of planned behaviour
    • Theory of reasoned action
    • TPB
    • TRA
    • Utility

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