Ageing, social network and the adoption of green production technology: evidence from farm households in six provinces in the Yangtze River Basin

YANG Zhihai1

(1.College of Economics & Management, Huazhong Agricultural University)

【Abstract】Based on a rural survey in the Yangtze River Basin consisting of 1027 farm households in Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces, this paper analyzes the impacts of ageing and social network on farm households’ adoption of green production technology. The findings are as follows. First, 28.2% of farm households have not adopted any green production technology, while the other households have adopted at least one of the technologies, especially the technologies of retaining crop straws and stalks on farmland, deep plowing and scarification, and use of commercial organic fertilizers. Second, ageing is found to be negatively associated with farmers’ adoption intensity, while social network exerts a positive and significant impact. Third, as regards the two dimensions of social network, both relatives’ network and friends’ network are found to have significantly positive impacts on farm households’ adoption. Fourth, social network can weaken the negative impact that ageing exerts on the technology adoption behaviors. However, the weakening effect is only significant to the relative network.

【Keywords】 ageing; social network; green production technology;


【Funds】 Youth Project of National Social Science Fund of China (16CGL038).

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CN: 11-3586/F

Vol , No. 04, Pages 44-58

July 2018


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Theoretical analysis
  • 3 Data, variables and models
  • 4 Estimation results and analysis
  • 5 Conclusions and policy implications
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