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Zanello, Giacomo and Srinivasan, Chittur S. and Shankar, Bhavani (2014) 'Transaction Costs, Information Technologies, and the Choice of Marketplace among Farmers in Northern Ghana.' Journal of Development Studies, 50 (9). pp. 1226-1239.

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Abstract

Using a transactions costs framework, we examine the impact of information and communication technologies (mobile phones and radios) use on market participation in developing country agricultural markets using a novel transaction-level data set of Ghanaian farmers. Our analysis of the choice of markets by farmers suggests that market information from a broader range of markets may not always induce farmers to sell in more distant markets; instead farmers may use broader market information to enhance their bargaining power in closer markets. Finally, we find weak evidence on the impact of using mobile phones in attracting farm gate buyers.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
ISSN: 00220388
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2014.903244
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 14:51
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18348

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