As Good as the Networks They Keep?: Improving Outcomes through Weak Ties in Rural Uganda

Vasilaky, Kathryn N.; Leonard, Kenneth L.

We examine an intervention randomized at the village level in which female farmers invited to a single training session were randomly paired with farmers whom they did not know and encouraged to share new agricultural information throughout the growing season for a recently adopted cash crop. We show that the intervention significantly increased the productivity of all farmers except of those who were already in the highest quintile of productivity, and that there were significant spillovers in productivity to male farmers.

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Economic Development and Cultural Change

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Earth Institute
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November 7, 2016