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Agricultural technology and the issue of unequal distribution of rewards : an Indian case study

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Fliegel, Frederick C. (main author), Kivlin, Joseph E. (author), Shingi, Prakash M. (author), Shingi: Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India; Fliegel: Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL; Kivlin: Department of Sociology, Howling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Journal article
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 75
Subject Term:
adoption, agricultural development, distribution, economics, India, technology transfer
James F. Evans Collection, Explores the long-term implications of the diffusion of agricultural innovations. Data from a sample of 228 Indian farmers were collected in order to determine the effects of differential acceptance of improved agricultural technology on changes in equality of reward distribution over time. Shows that inequality increases over time with respect to gross agricultural production. But lagging behind in adoption of agricultural technology has to be answered in the negative. Notes that inequalities in both level and standard of living are reduced over time. Early failure to adopt agricultural technology does not seem to lead to disadvantage. Discusses the results in terms of the assumptions made about categories of adopters in diffusion research, and in terms of equity assumptions with regard to technological change. (original)