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Soft Skills for Hard Constraints : Evidence from High-Achieving Female Farmers

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9
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Policy Research Working Papers
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Montalvao, Joao
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Frese, Michael
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Goldstein, Markus
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Kilic, Talip
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2017-06-21T17:23:01Z
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2017-06-21T17:23:01Z
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2017-06
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2021-06-14T10:11:54Z
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This paper documents the positive link between the noncognitive skills of women farmers and the adoption of a cash crop. The context is Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, where the majority of rural households practice subsistence farming. The analysis finds that a one standard deviation increase in noncognitive ability related to perseverance is associated with a five percentage point (or 33 percent) increase in the probability of adoption of the main cash crop. This link is not explained by differences across women in education and cognitive skills. It is also not explained by the fact that women with higher noncognitive ability tend to be married to husbands of higher noncognitive ability and education. The effect of female noncognitive skills on adoption is concentrated in patrilocal communities, where women face greater adversity and thus where it would be expected that the returns to such skills would be highest. One main channel through which noncognitive skills seem to work is through the use of productive inputs, including higher levels of labor, fertilizer, and agricultural advice services.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/938611496941808624/Soft-skills-for-hard-constraints-evidence-from-high-achieving-female-farmers
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/27295
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English
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en_US
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Policy Research Working Paper;No. 8095
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.subject
NONCOGNITIVE SKILLS
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PERSONALITY
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AGRIBUSINESS
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TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
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EMPOWERMENT
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AFRICA GENDER POLICY
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GENDER INNOVATION LAB
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WOMEN AND AGRICULTURE
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Soft Skills for Hard Constraints
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Evidence from High-Achieving Female Farmers
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Working Paper
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okr.crossref.title
Soft Skills for Hard Constraints: Evidence from High-Achieving Female Farmers
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2017-06-08
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Publications & Research
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/938611496941808624/Soft-skills-for-hard-constraints-evidence-from-high-achieving-female-farmers
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/1813-9450-8095
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090224b084c65f73_2_0
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27565998
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WPS8095
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true
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en
okr.region.administrative
Africa
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Malawi
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938611496941808624
okr.topic
Agriculture :: Climate Change and Agriculture
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Gender :: Gender and Economics
okr.topic
Gender :: Gender and Poverty
okr.unit
Africa Region, Gender Cross Cutting Solution Area, and the Development Data Group

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