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What is the TOA-MD Model? Basic Concepts and an Example John Antle Roberto Valdivia Agricultural and Resource Economics Oregon State University

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1 What is the TOA-MD Model? Basic Concepts and an Example John Antle Roberto Valdivia Agricultural and Resource Economics Oregon State University

2 What is the TOA-MD Model? The TOA-MD Model is a unique simulation tool for multi- dimensional impact assessment that uses a statistical description of a heterogeneous farm population to simulate the adoption and impacts of a new technology or a change in environmental conditions. TOA-MD is designed to simulate what would be observed if it were possible to conduct a controlled experiment. In this experiment, a population of farms is offered the choice of continuing to use the current or “base” production system (System 1), or choosing to adopt a new system (System 2). In fact it is never possible to carry out such ideal experiments, so TOA-MD is designed to utilize the available data to attain the best possible approximation, given the available time and other resources available to conduct the analysis. Additionally, TOA-MD is designed to facilitate analysis of the inevitable uncertainties associated with impact assessment.

3 There are two components in the TOA-MD analysis: First, the model simulates the proportion of farms that would adopt a new system (system 2), and the proportion that would continue to use the “base” system (system 1) Second, based on the adoption rate of the system 2, the TOA-MD model simulates selected economic, environmental and social impact indicators for adopters, non-adopters and the entire population.

4 How is the TOA-MD simulation approach related to the experimental and non-experimental statistical approach to impact assessment (estimation of “treatment effects”)? The underlying conceptual model is very similar: economic agents (farms in this case) self-select into “treatment” or choose to adopt a technology (or adapt to an exogenous change such as climate change), and related “outcomes” occur to those self-selected into “treatment” (adoption) For “ex post” assessment the simulation approach can be used together with experimental methods to parameterize the model and simulate outcomes of interest, including both “mean” indicators and other “threshold” indicators such as poverty rates and indicators based on other quantifiable outcomes. It can also be used to simulate “policy relevant” effects, such as technology adoption induced by payments for ecosystem services. For “ex ante” assessment, where statistical methods cannot be used, the simulation approach provides a “laboratory” to explore potential impacts, using various types of available data to construct the future “counterfactual,” e.g., the impacts of and adaptation to climate change.

5 TOA-MD approach: modeling systems used by heterogeneous populations Systems are being used in heterogeneous populations A system is defined in terms of household, crop, livestock and aquaculture sub-systems

6 (ω)(ω) 0 Map of a heterogeneous region Opportunity cost, system choice and adoption Opportunity cost  = v 1 – v 2 follows distribution  (  ) v 1 = returns to system 1 V 2 = returns to system 2 System 1:  > 0 (non-adopters) System 2:  < 0 (adopters)  opportunity cost

7 Outcome distributions are associated with system choice –Farms select themselves into “non-adopter” and “adopter” sub- populations, generating corresponding outcome distributions for these sub-populations Impact indicators are based on system choice and outcome distributions –TOA-MD produces mean indicators and threshold-based indicators Analysis shows that impacts depend on the correlations between adoption (opportunity cost) and outcomes –Many impact assessments ignore correlations –Yet these correlations are often important for accurate impact assessment! Adoption, Outcome Distributions and Impact Indicators

8 Adoption and outcome distributions Entire Population with adoption: 55% >  r(1,a)% non- adopters System 1: 20% >  System 1 before adoption: 25% > threshold  System 2: 90% >   Outcome z  (z|1) r(2,a)% adopters  (z|1,a)  (z|2,a)  (z|a)

9 Components of TOA-MD Analysis System characterization Adoption rate Population (Strata) Impact indicator design Opportunity cost distributionOutcome distributions Indicators and Tradeoffs Design Data Simulation

10 An Example: Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture Based on Dey et al (2010) Agricultural Economics: economic analysis of IAA stratified survey of farms, without and with IAA Design of TOA-MD analysis population: farm households in southern Malawi where aquaculture is feasible strata: 5 southern districts systems: Subsistence crops Crops + aquaculture, low or high integration Subsistence crops Aquaculture Irrigated vegetables

11 Adoption Rate and Opportunity Cost of Adopting IAA in Southern Malawi – Predicted Adoption Rate is Point Where Curves Cross the Horizontal Axis

12 Poverty Rate and Adoption Rate of IAA, Southern Malawi

13 Mean Monthly Protein Consumption and Adoption of IAA, Southern Malawi Note most improvement occurs for those districts with lowest protein consumption

14 Relationship between adoption and Protein Consumption, Non-adopters and Adopters of IAA, Mulanje Dist., Malawi Non-adopter sub-population and entire population are equal at 0% adoption Adopter sub-population and entire population are equal at 100% adoption Slope of relationship between indicator and adoption rate has same sign as the correlation between opp cost and the outcome variable (negative in this case)

15 Relationship between adoption and Mean Returns per Farm, Non- Adopters and Adopters of IAA, Mulanje District, Malawi Economic outcomes that are positively related to net returns have a maximum in the entire population at the predicted adoption rate (41% in this example)

16 The various “treatment effects” discussed in the experimental and non-experimental statistical literatures are either equivalent to or closely related to the mean indicators generated by the TOA-MD model: AveTreatment Effect = mean population indicator Marginal Treatment Effect = change in mean indicator Treatment on Treated = related to mean indicator of adopters Treatment on Untreated = related to mean indicator of non- adopters Policy relevant treatment effect = derived from mean indicators

17 Summary: Impacts of IAA Adoption on Farm Population and IAA Adopters

18 Conclusions TOA-MD is a unique simulation tool for multi-dimensional impact assessment of agricultural systems The Malawi case study illustrates how it can be used with available data to simulate: the adoption rate of a new technology the economic, environmental or social impacts of the new technology The model can also be used for analysis of ecosystem services, and impacts of climate change and other environmental change Training in use of the model, and the model software are available from the TOA Team.

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