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

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

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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
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
JournalWorld Development
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

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

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