Determinants of Non-Farm Labour Participation Rates Among Farmers in Australia

14 Pages Posted: 5 May 2003

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Hazel Lim-Applegate

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Department of the Treasury

Gil Rodriguez

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE)

M. Rose Olfert

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics

Abstract

In recent decades, non-farm employment has become prevalent and an important source of income for Australian farm families. However, models identifying the relative significance of the socioeconomic variables influencing non-farm employment participation rates have never been estimated in Australia. In this paper, a bivariate probit model of non-farm employment participation rates was estimated, using information from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics (ABARE) 1994-1995 surveys. It was found that the participation decision of the farm operator and spouse is likely to be jointly determined, that non-farm employment participation increased at a declining rate with age among farmers and that university education enhances the participation rates particularly among spouses. Participation rates were also higher among spouses with lower other income and with no dependent children.

Suggested Citation

Lim-Applegate, Hazel and Rodriguez, Gil and Olfert, M. Rose, Determinants of Non-Farm Labour Participation Rates Among Farmers in Australia. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=312062

Hazel Lim-Applegate (Contact Author)

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Department of the Treasury

Langton Crescent
Parkes Act 2600, 2600
Australia

Gil Rodriguez

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE)

Canberra
Australia

M. Rose Olfert

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics ( email )

51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Canada

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