Social interaction and technology adoption: Experimental evidence from improved cookstoves in Mali

Jacopo Bonan, Pietro Battiston, Jaimie Bleck, Philippe LeMay-Boucher, Stefano Pareglio, Bassirou Sarr, Massimo Tavoni

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Abstract

Easy-to-use and low-risk technologies, which require little investment and potentially provide health and environmental benefits, often have low adoption rates. Using a randomized experiment in urban Mali, we assess the impact of a training session in which information on an improved cookstove (ICS) is provided along with the opportunity to purchase the product at the market price. We find strong effects from our invitation to the session on ICS ownership and usage while no discernible effects on product knowledge or household welfare. We find that some diffusion occurs beyond the intervention and provide evidence on the role of social interaction, mostly through imitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105467
JournalWorld Development
Volume144
Early online date9 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Cookstoves
  • Imitation effects
  • Mali
  • Social Interaction
  • Technology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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