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dc.contributor.advisorKalaitzandonakes, Nicholas G., 1960-
dc.contributor.authorSuntornpithug, Pasu, 1969-en_US
dc.date.issued2004eng
dc.date.submitted2004 Fallen
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (June 30, 2006)en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2004.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agricultural economics.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe study examines the farm level adoption and county level diffusion of three cotton biotechnologies in the US: insect resistant (Bollgard®), herbicide tolerance (Roundup Ready®), and stacked trait (Bollgard® & Roundup Ready®). Adoption and diffusion of these cotton biotechnologies are interdependent. A theoretical framework is developed to consider the adoption decision first. An optimal control model explains the effects of various learning mechanisms on the adoption of multiple, interdependent, and divisible innovations. Empirical specifications use a Generalized Method of Moments framework. Farmers are found to simultaneous adopt multiple technologies influenced by perceived economic gains, learning from own experience, and their neighbors' adoption. Other factors also influence adoption decision including: interdependencies among biotechnologies and certain agronomic practices (e.g. minimum tillage). Adoption is found to be scale neutral. Aggregate (county level) models confirm that potential economic gains, learning, innovation interdependencies and complementarities with agronomic practices drive the diffusion of the cotton biotechnologies.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b55851927en_US
dc.identifier.otherSuntornpithugP-122104-D437en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4092
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2004 Freely available dissertations (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2004 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshCotton -- Biotechnologyen_US
dc.titleAdoption and diffusion of agrobiotechnologies in the US cotton productionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural economicseng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US


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