Pathways Out of Poverty in Rural Laos

34 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2015

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Jonna P. Estudillo

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Keijiro Otsuka

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Saygnasak Seng Arloun

National Economic Research Institute

Date Written: April 9, 2015

Abstract

Using a rare individual-level data set, this paper explores the role of education and farmland on the choice of job of three generations of household members in rural Laos. While the first (G1) and the second (G2) generations are mainly engaged in farming, the youngest generation (G3) is engaged in nonfarm wage and overseas work. Education matters in nonfarm wage work, but not necessarily in overseas work. The female members of G3 are more likely to migrate. Our findings imply a shortage of jobs in rural Laos, pushing the less educated and the females to cross the border to Thailand.

Suggested Citation

Estudillo, Jonna P. and Otsuka, Keijiro and Seng Arloun, Saygnasak, Pathways Out of Poverty in Rural Laos (April 9, 2015). Tokyo Center for Economic Research (TCER) Paper No. E-94, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2592807

Jonna P. Estudillo

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Keijiro Otsuka (Contact Author)

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) ( email )

7-22-1 Roppongi,Minato,
Tokyo 106-8677
Japan

Saygnasak Seng Arloun

National Economic Research Institute ( email )

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