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dc.contributor.advisorKalaitzandonakes, Nicholas G., 1960-eng
dc.contributor.authorSuntornpithug, Pasu, 1969-eng
dc.date.issued2004eng
dc.date.submitted2004 Falleng
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.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (June 30, 2006)eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2004.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agricultural economics.eng
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.eng
dc.identifier.merlin.b55851927eng
dc.identifier.otherSuntornpithugP-122104-D437eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4092eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshCotton -- Biotechnologyeng
dc.titleAdoption and diffusion of agrobiotechnologies in the US cotton productioneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural economics (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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