Authors: L. Meskens, M. Vandermersch, E. Mathijs
This paper gives a short overview of the literature on technology adoption in agriculture in general and on automatic milking in particular. First, the determinants of technology adoption are discussed in general. Next, the literature on the socio-economic determinants and implications of AM-system adoption is summarised. More specifically, the paper discusses first how economic profitability is affected by AM-system adoption. In a second part, non-economic factors related to human capital, labour and social welfare are being assessed. In a third part, animal welfare and environmental considerations are discussed. The paper concludes with some considerations related to uncertainty, timing of adoption and institutional constraints.