Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under permanent embargo

Gender gaps in technology diffusion

journal contribution
posted on 2020-03-01, 00:00 authored by A BenYishay, M Jones, F Kondylis, Ahmed MobarakAhmed Mobarak
Even with comparable innate ability and performance, women may be subject to discrimination. We run a field experiment across 143 Malawian villages in which either men or women were assigned the task of learning about a new agricultural technology, and then communicating it to others to convince them to adopt. Objective measures of these communicators’ knowledge and adoption of the new technology show no gender gap in their ability to acquire, retain and use the information. Yet, micro-data on individual interactions from 6500 farmers show that other farmers are less willing to learn from female communicators, whom they perceive not to be as good at farming as their male counterparts. In spite of this, other farmers learn just as much about the technology when the communicator role is reserved for women, and they experience similar farm yields.

History

Journal

Journal of Development Economics

Volume

143

Article number

ARTN 102380

Pagination

1 - 26

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0304-3878

eISSN

1872-6089

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2019, Elsevier

Publisher

ELSEVIER