Price and non-price determinants of farm household demand for purchased inputs: evidence from Northern Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Mensah-Bonsu, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-18T11:40:43Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-14T11:54:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-18T11:40:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-14T11:54:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics 2(2): 54-64 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/1562
dc.description.abstract The study examined the factors that influence the use of purchased inputs (fertilizer, hired labour, seed and ploughing services) by smallholders in Northern Ghana. The seemingly unrelated regression technique was used to estimate a system of cost share equations of the factor inputs. The elasticities of substitution and factor demand have been estimated. The estimated results suggested that higher amount of remittance received and the attainment of basic education significantly led to higher fertilizer expenditure, suggesting that credit and basic education programmes were important for increasing expenditure on production enhancing inputs like fertilizer. The own-price elasticities of demand for the inputs were significant and had the expected negative signs. The demand for seed and ploughing services were quite price inelastic, while the demand for fertilizer and hired labour were price elastic. The estimated own-price elasticities of demand for fertilizer and hired labour indicated substantial high degrees of price responsiveness of farmers for them. The estimated cross-price elasticities suggested that smallholders would substitute relatively more hired labour for fertilizer, if the relative price of fertilizer to hired labour is increased. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics en_US
dc.subject Purchased Inputs en_US
dc.subject Cost Shares en_US
dc.subject Elasticities en_US
dc.subject Smallholders en_US
dc.subject Northern Ghana en_US
dc.title Price and non-price determinants of farm household demand for purchased inputs: evidence from Northern Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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