Mobile phones and market participation among smallholder farmers in the Bolivian altiplano

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Mobile phones and market participation among smallholder farmers in the Bolivian altiplano

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dc.contributor.advisor Valdivia, Corinne B. en_US
dc.contributor.author Holdereiath, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-02T20:35:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-02T20:35:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.date.submitted 2012 Summer en_US
dc.identifier.other HolderieathJ-071612-T49
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15962
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 2, 2012). en_US
dc.description The 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.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Corinne Valdivia en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agricultural economics. en_US
dc.description "July 2012" en_US
dc.description.abstract Farm 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.extent xii, 134 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject mobile phones en_US
dc.subject transaction costs en_US
dc.subject information costs en_US
dc.subject market participation en_US
dc.title Mobile phones and market participation among smallholder farmers in the Bolivian altiplano en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Agricultural economics en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2012 Freely available theses (MU)


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