Title: Collective beliefs and representations on the effects of rice price and subsidy policies in Burkina Faso

Authors: Ferdinand Ouedraogo

Addresses: University Thomas Sankara (former Université Ouaga II), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Abstract: The objective of this study is to analyse the beliefs of actors in the rice sector in Burkina in the increase of rice production, basing firstly on the work of Menger, Wieser Von Mises, Böhm-Bawerk Aréna, Festré, Berkane, Commons, Schumpeter, from the foundations up to the process of imitation and sharing of beliefs, secondly, basing on the work of Dempster Shafer, Smets, from beliefs sharing, collective representation up to the level of decision-making. The transposition of the work of these authors to analyse the beliefs of actors in the rice sector in Burkina shown that the representations of beliefs and their adoption by rice farmers are never collective and complete. Beliefs are based on individual motivations, personal interests and past experiences. This theory seems the most relevant. Thus, economic studies on the behaviour of agricultural households must be a prerequisite before making decisions based on beliefs.

Keywords: rice production; government decisions; beliefs sharing; collective representations.

DOI: 10.1504/AJESD.2021.116642

African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.8 No.3, pp.209 - 229

Received: 21 May 2020
Accepted: 11 Dec 2020

Published online: 28 Jul 2021 *

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