Models to Action: Proactive Integration of Social Learning Theory

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  1. Social Learning for Technology Adoption

Suppose our primary motivation for the study of social learning is to understand the problem of technology adoption.  We accept as given that (a) social learning takes place, so that farmers learn from other farmers about productive characteristics of new technologies; (b) farmers are maximizing expected profits, potentially risk adjusted; (c) farmers do not (at baseline) have perfect information about a new technology.  The focus of this brief is to understand not if social learning happens, but rather can we manipulate social learning effectively?

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Magruder, J. (2016) "Models to Action: Proactive Integration of Social Learning Theory" Ferdi Policy brief B162, septembre 2016