Adoption and Abandonment of Irrigation Technologies

  • Ariel Dinar
  • Dan Yaron
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 24)


The diffusion of innovations has long been a major topic in the context of technological change. Most of the empirical economic studies on diffusion of technologies have estimated rates of adoption and levels of adoption until the stage when the process reaches its ceiling (e.g. Jarvis, 1981; Jansen, Walker et al., 1990). Less attention has been devoted to the stage when the innovation is abandoned, which occurs with the same frequency in the history of the technology. A discontinuance of technology can be the result of technological substitution (Fisher and Pry, 1971; Rogers, 1983; Cameron and Metcalfe, 1987), which creates technology cycles.


Drip Irrigation Water Price Export Price Output Price Diffusion Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ariel Dinar
    • 1
  • Dan Yaron
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California and USDA- ERSDavisUSA
  2. 2.The Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael

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