Learning, Misallocation, and Technology Adoption: Evidence from New Malaria Therapy in Tanzania.

@article{Adhvaryu2014LearningMA,
  title={Learning, Misallocation, and Technology Adoption: Evidence from New Malaria Therapy in Tanzania.},
  author={Achyuta Adhvaryu},
  journal={The Review of economic studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={81 4},
  pages={1331-1365}
}
I study how the misallocation of new technology to individuals who have low ex post returns to its use affects learning and adoption behavior. I focus on antimalarial treatment, which is frequently over-prescribed in many low-income country contexts where diagnostic tests are inaccessible. I show that misdiagnosis reduces average therapeutic effectiveness, because only a fraction of adopters actually have malaria, and slows the rate of social learning due to increased noise. I use data on… CONTINUE READING

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