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dc.contributor.advisorValdivia, Corinne B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHoldereiath, Jason
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2012 Summeren_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 2, 2012).en_US
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Corinne Valdiviaen_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agricultural economics.en_US
dc.description"July 2012"en_US
dc.description.abstractFarm households in the developing world who choose to be self-sufficient, instead of producing for the market, lack the money necessary for purchasing what cannot be produced within the home. It has been noted that households located at a greater distance to market (or with higher transportation costs) are more self-sufficient than households closer to the market (or with lower transportation costs). One promising theory on why self-sufficiency increases faster than transportation costs is that the markets are volatile and information about those markets is costly for the distant farmers. Landline phones are generally not available; the only way prior to the introduction of mobile phones to get information about markets was to transport a member of the household to the market or to deliver without information. Using ordinary least squares this thesis project found a significant link between mobile phone use and increased market participation at greater transportation costs using 2009 survey data from several communities of the Bolivian Altiplano. These findings can guide development efforts and enhance the understanding of the impact of reducing information costs.en_US
dc.format.extentxii, 134 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.otherHolderieathJ-071612-T49
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/15962
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2012 Freely available theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses
dc.subjectmobile phonesen_US
dc.subjecttransaction costsen_US
dc.subjectinformation costsen_US
dc.subjectmarket participationen_US
dc.titleMobile phones and market participation among smallholder farmers in the Bolivian altiplanoen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural economics (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US


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