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Profiling Adopters Of Bt Cotton In China By Gender, Farm Size, Education And Communication, Shuyang Qu Jan 2012

Profiling Adopters Of Bt Cotton In China By Gender, Farm Size, Education And Communication, Shuyang Qu

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Bt cotton has been commercialized in China for 13 years. This study sets out to examine the pattern of Chinese farmers' adoption of Bt cotton, what factors influenced adoption, and what communication channels were most effective in reaching Chinese farmers.

Personal interviews were conducted among 108 farmers living in villages with Bt cotton in Shandong, China. The results show that most of the farmers are Bt cotton adopters, and they are highly similar in terms of education level, information seeking behavior, seed purchase/cotton sales behaviors, satisfaction level with Bt cotton performance, and concerns about Bt cotton.

This study found ...


Four Essays On Risk Preferences, Entrepreneurship, Earnings, Occupations, And Gender, In Soo Cho Jan 2012

Four Essays On Risk Preferences, Entrepreneurship, Earnings, Occupations, And Gender, In Soo Cho

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This chapter examines the extent to which gender differences in risk aversion explain why women have a lower entrepreneurship rate, earn less, and work fewer hours than men. Data from the NLSY79 confirms previous findings that women are more risk averse than men. However, while less risk averse men tend to become self-employed, there is no significant effect of risk aversion on women's entrepreneurship decisions. Similarly, greater risk aversion increases earnings for male entrepreneurs, but it has no effect on female entrepreneurial earnings. More risk aversion lowers female wages, but the effects are of modest magnitude. On ...


A Methodological Approach To Examining Racial And Ethnic Minorities With Disabilities: Intersecting And Interlocking Race/Ethnicity, Disability, And Gender, Holly Ellen Pearson Jan 2012

A Methodological Approach To Examining Racial And Ethnic Minorities With Disabilities: Intersecting And Interlocking Race/Ethnicity, Disability, And Gender, Holly Ellen Pearson

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In the past several decades, disability, race, class, gender, and sexuality have been critically examined to determine how disability shapes and is shaped by society. That disability is interpreted and defined from a nondisabled perspective and continues to be researched, debated, and discussed in isolation from the other fields remains an issue. There is a need to problematize and complicate disability by enabling those with disabilities to voice their experiences. Drawing upon a phenomenological research approach and an intersectionality and normalcy framework along with conversations with five racial/ethnic minorities with disabilities provides the opportunity to demonstrate that disability is ...