Genetically modified crops and household labor savings in US crop production

Justin G. Gardner, Richard F. Nehring, Carl H. Nelson

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In spite of widespread adoption, there is mixed evidence as to whether adopting genetically modified (GM) crops increases farm welfare. One possible reason for widespread adoption is the labor savings. Using a treatment effect model we estimate the time savings associated with adopting a GM crop. We find a significant savings in household labor for soybeans, but not for other crops.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Endogeneity
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Survey weights
  • Treatment effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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