Do Pesticide Sellers Make Farmers Sick? Health, Information, and Adoption of Technology in Bangladesh
By: Alam, Shamma Adeeb; Wolff, Hendrik
Alam, Shamma Adeeb; Wolff, Hendrik, Do Pesticide Sellers Make Farmers Sick? Health, Information, and Adoption of Technology in Bangladesh, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 41, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages 62-80
We study the impact of supply-side and demand-side pesticide regulations on the adoption of health technologies and health outcomes in Bangladesh. We use a unique dataset that spans the chain from where farmers obtain information and which precautionary tools (i.e., masks, gloves) they use to subsequent health outcomes after spraying. In contrast to previous studies, we find that information from pesticide sellers increases the adoption of precautionary tools and subsequently improves health outcomes.We also find that there is substantial social learning from peers that act as key knowledge multipliers.