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Three Essays on Development, Environmental, and Behavioural Economics

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Defense Thèse de doctorat : Univ. Genève, 2021 - GSEM 95 - 2021/02/04
Abstract This thesis explores the intersection of development, environmental, and behavioural economics. The first chapter discusses the effect of economic adversity of self-esteem levels. We find that exposure to drought, particularly during adolescence, has a negative affect on the self-esteem of both the children of farmers, and farmers themselves. We additionally find some causal evidence of the relationship between parent and child self-esteem, suggesting that intergenerational transmission may take place within the household. Chapter 2 then determines the effect of peer choices on decision-making at the farm-level. We find that peer adaptation decisions have a positive and significant impact on the adaptation choices of farmers. Chapter 3 concludes by descriptively identifying the relationship between different behavioural measures, again within an agrarian context. I find that noncognitive skills have a strong relationship with gender and social networks, and time preferences in particular have a strong relationship with noncognitive skills.
Keywords Development economicsEnvironmental economicsBehavioural economicsAgricultureNoncognitive skillsAdaptation
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URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-1505266
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DOKU, Angela Yaboley. Three Essays on Development, Environmental, and Behavioural Economics. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2021. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:150526 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:150526

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