Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2022:19: Agricultural Productivity in Burkina Faso: The Role of Gender and Risk Attitudes

Mohammad H. Sepahvand ()
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Mohammad H. Sepahvand: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: School of Economics and Management, Box 7080, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: This study analyzes how risk attitudes influence the agricultural productivity of men and women in a sub-Saharan African country, Burkina Faso. By using a large representative panel survey of farmers, the results show that as female farmers increase risk taking, the productivity of female-owned plots goes down. The study controls for various socio-economic factors and explores how the diversity of the regions of the country affects gender differences. Findings show that agricultural policy interventions in Burkina Faso need to be gender sensitized when addressing issues related to credit constraints, improved inputs, and policies that support increase in productivity.

Keywords: Risk attitudes; Gender differences; Agriculture; Productivity; Sub-Saharan Africa; Burkina Faso

JEL-codes: D13; D81; J16; O13; Q12; Q18

Language: English

41 pages, October 19, 2022

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