Supply responses of West African agricultural households: implications of intrahousehold preference heterogeneity

Supply responses of West African agricultural households: implications of intrahousehold preference heterogeneity

Exploration of intrahousehold behavior and its implications for empirical analysis and policy prescriptions

Paper illustrates how an intrahousehold approach can contribute to a better understanding of microeconomic allocation decisions and policy impacts. For the West African setting in particular, it shows that price policy impacts depend on the manner in which individuals in households—rather than households as a whole—respond to price changes.

Price policies that are meant to give households incentive to increase cash crop production are considered important instruments for accelerating agricultural and economy-wide growth, reducing poverty, and improving rural people's well-being. Policymakers and researchers, therefore, have great interest in better understanding how households will react to price incentives

Discussion paper brief is available at: http://www.cgiar.org/ifpri/divs/fcnd/dp/dp69.htm

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