Asymmetry of information within couples and efficiency of productive decisions – CROP affiliate explore the question in a new research

CROP - TOGO 11 July 2016

CROP welcomed a team of researchers from the “Groupement de Recherche en Economie Quantitative d’Aix-Marseille” (GREQAM) to conduct an experimental research study on intra-household allocation of agricultural resources in the Plateaux region. This research project is part of the PhD thesis of Ms APEDO-AMAH Dedevi S. Marie Christine, a research affiliate at CROP. The team of researchers was composed of Ms APEDO-AMAH herself, and her supervisors, professors Habiba Djebbari, Tanguy van Ypersele, and Dr Roberta Ziparo, all professors at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics of the Aix-Marseille University in France.

This research project aims at measuring the efficiency of productive decisions made by couples of agricultural producers. Using an experimental approach with several games of decision-making, it focuses on how an asymmetry of information within the couple can affect productive efficiency. The study is composed of two phases: a pilot study and a final phase to follow.

asymmetry of information studyDuring this pilot study, researchers have tested the experimental protocols and collected data on intra-household practices in the region. They also trained a group of enumerators, hired by CROP, on experimental research implementation on the 18th, 19th and 20th of April 2016. The experimental protocol was then implemented in the Prefecture of Agou, more precisely Agou-Avedje in NGO CADO premises on the 27th and 28st of April. CADO is based in Ogou; it stands for Centre d’Assistance aux Démunis et Orphelins (CADO); and its work focuses on Orphans. The second phase that will put an end to this field-experiment will consider a larger population of producers and will take place in the prefectures of Ogou and Amou. This final phase is scheduled for July-August 2016.

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