Title: Who benefits from energy policy incentives? The case of jatropha adoption by smallholders in Mexico
Authors: Soto, Iria ×
Achten W.M.J., Wouter
Muys, Bart
Mathijs, Erik #
Issue Date: 2015
Series Title: Energy Policy vol:79 pages:37-47
Abstract: Understanding the distribution of policy incentivesis important in evaluating the impact of promotion
programmes. This study investigates the allocation of economic subsidies to jatropha cultivation byusing
adoption models at both the community and household levels in Chiapas. At the community level, we
compared socioeconomic and environmental variables of the communities that adopted jatropha to non-
adopters. At the household level, 420 farmhouseholds were surveyed to analyse both the determinants
of adoption and the extent of adoption (i.e.hectares dedicated to jatropha). The variables determining
adoption were analysed at both levels using general ised linear models.The extent of jatropha adoption
was assessed using ordinary least squares multiple regression. Quantitative data was complemented with
key stakeholder interviews and focus groups. Results show that subsidies tend to be allocated to larger,
better-connected communities which have access to better services. Within adopter communities, the
subsidy is distributed among households that have more resources, better risk-coping strategies, better
access to information, more experience with similar technologies and whose attitude towards risk is
positive. This study provides lessons that can be useful for the introduction of new energy crops to better
reach the target group and ultimately achieve the aims of energy promotion strategies
ISSN: 0301-4215
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
Division of Bioeconomics
Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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