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dc.contributor.advisorValdivia, Corinne B.eng
dc.contributor.authorHoldereiath, Jasoneng
dc.date.issued2012eng
dc.date.submitted2012 Summereng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 2, 2012).eng
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.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Corinne Valdiviaeng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agricultural economics.eng
dc.description"July 2012"eng
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.eng
dc.format.extentxii, 134 pageseng
dc.identifier.otherHolderieathJ-071612-T49eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/15962eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subjectmobile phoneseng
dc.subjecttransaction costseng
dc.subjectinformation costseng
dc.subjectmarket participationeng
dc.titleMobile phones and market participation among smallholder farmers in the Bolivian altiplanoeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural economics (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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