Disrupting Demand for Commercial Seed: Input Subsidies in Malawi and Zambia

Mason, N.M. and Ricker-Gilbert, J. (2012) Disrupting Demand for Commercial Seed: Input Subsidies in Malawi and Zambia. World Development. pp. 1-17.

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This study uses nationally representative household-level panel data from Malawi and Zambia to identify the determinants of subsidized maize seed and fertilizer receipt, and to estimate how input subsidies affect households’ commercial purchases of improved maize seed varieties. In both countries we find that households in areas where the ruling party won the last presidential election acquire significantly more subsidized inputs than other households. Results also indicate that each additional kilogram of subsidized maize seed acquired by a household reduces its commercial improved maize seed purchases by 0.58 kg in Malawi and by 0.49 kg in Zambia on average.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa; Malawi; Zambia; input subsidies; improved maize seed; crowding out
Author Affiliation: Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2012 06:35
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2012 06:35
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.11.006
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/9217

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