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Nudging Boserup?: The impact of fertilizer subsidies on investment in soil and water conservation
Institutionen för nationalekonomi, Göteborgs universitet.
Institutionen för nationalekonomi, Göteborgs universitet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The new fertilizer subsidies in sub-Saharan Africa are intended to increase agricultural production and ensure development of a fertilizer market. Fertilizer adoption requires complementary inputs, such as investment in soil and water conservation (SWC), for efficient and optimal nutrient uptake, and many fertilizer subsidy programs implicitly assume that fertilizer subsidies crowd in such investments. The results of our study of the impact of fertilizer subsidies on SWC efforts in Ghana indicate that beneficiaries of the program do not invest significantly more in SWC. This suggests that policies should not expect farmers to respond to fertilizer subsidies with substantial investment in SWC. Thus, in order to achieve increased investment in SWC for sustainable agricultural development, more comprehensive measures that include fertilizer investments explicitly (such as integrated soil fertility management programs) may be needed.

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Washington, DC: Resources for the Future , 2012.
, Environment for Development Discussion Paper Series, 12-08
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soil and water conservation, soil fertility, fertilizer subsidy, endogenous switching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16104OAI: diva2:516671
7th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development
Available from: 2013-02-08 Created: 2012-04-19 Last updated: 2013-02-08Bibliographically approved

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