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Determinants of Technology Adoption: Private Value and Peer Effects in Menstrual Cup Take-Up

Emily Oster, Rebecca Thornton

NBER Working Paper No. 14828
Issued in March 2009
NBER Program(s):   HE   LS

We estimate the role of benefits and peer effects in technology adoption using data from randomized distribution of menstrual cups in Nepal. Using individual randomization, we estimate causal effects of peer exposure on adoption; using differences in potential returns we estimate effects of benefits. We find both peers and value influence adoption. Using the fact that we observe both trial and usage of the product, we examine the mechanisms driving peer effects. We find that peers matters because individuals learn how to use the technology from their friends, but that they do not affect individual desire to use the cup.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w14828

Published: Determinants of Technology Adoption: Private Value and Peer Effects in Menstrual Cup Take-Up (with Rebecca Thornton) Journal of the European Economic Association, December 2012.

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