Creating Good Employment Opportunities for the Rural Sector
Andrew D. Foster
Brown University - Department of Economics; University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics
August 1, 2011
Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 271
This paper examines the potential for sector-specific productivity growth, human capital, credit markets, and infrastructure to contribute to the development of stable, well-paid employment in rural areas of low-income countries. Particular emphasis is placed on the way that different sectors of the rural economy interact with each other and with local and regional product markets. A simple theoretical framework and descriptive analysis of panel data from India suggests that more emphasis should be placed on increasing the production of goods that incorporate local agricultural products as inputs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: productivity growth, nonfarm employment, agriculture, wages, value-added production, quality employment
JEL Classification: J31, O12, O13, O15, O18working papers series
Date posted: October 8, 2011
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