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Title:Rural Nonfarm Employment and Incomes in the Eastern Himalayas PDF Logo
Authors:Rahut, Dil Bahadur
Micevska, Maja B.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Göttingen 2007 / Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics 22
Abstract:Nonfarm activities generate on average about 60 percent of rural households? incomes in the eastern Himalayan region of India. This paper analyzes the determinants of participation in nonfarm activities and of nonfarm incomes across rural households. We present and explore an analytical framework that yields different activity choices as optimal solutions to a simple utility maximization problem. A unique data set collected in the eastern Himalayas allows us to closely examine the implications of the analytical framework. We conduct an empirical inquiry that reveals that education plays a major role in accessing more remunerative nonfarm employment. Other household assets and characteristics such as land, social status, geographical location, and credit access also play a role.
Subjects:Nonfarm employment
Rural households
Incomes
Education
India
JEL:Q12
O18
O15
R11
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2007 (Göttingen)

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