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Technology pp 141-156 | Cite as

Impact of Agricultural Related Technology Adoption on Poverty: A Study of Select Households in Rural India

  • Santosh K. SahuEmail author
  • Sukanya Das
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Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Abstract

This paper applies a program evaluation technique to assess the causal effect of adoption of agricultural related technologies on consumption expenditure and poverty measured by headcount, poverty gap and poverty severity indices. The paper is based on a cross-sectional household level data collected in 2014 from a sample of 270 households in rural India. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to test the robustness of the propensity score based results using the “rbounds test” and the mean absolute standardized bias between adopters and non-adopters. The analysis reveals robust, positive and significant impacts of agricultural related technologies adoption on per capita consumption expenditure and on poverty reduction for the sample households in rural India.

Keywords

Agriculture related technology adoption Propensity score matching Poverty Odisha India 

JEL Classification

C13 C15 O32 O38 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the participants of the workshop on “Harnessing Technology for Challenging Inequality” at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai jointly organized with Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing. We gratefully acknowledge Prof. K. Narayanan and Prof. N.S. Siddharthan for comments and suggestions in the earlier draft of this paper. We are grateful to MSSRF-APM Project for the funding support of the sub-project on PDHED at MSE Chennai. We gratefully acknowledge inputs from Prof. U. Sankar, Prof. R.N. Bhattacharyya, Prof. K.R. Shanmugam, and Dr. A. Nambi for the insightful comments and suggestions on the project output. We also grateful acknowledge the respondents for their active participation during primary data collection.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Madras School of EconomicsChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Policy StudiesTeri UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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