Assets, Activities and Rural Income Generation: Evidence From a Multicountry Analysis

Posted: 8 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Esteban J. Quiñones

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Kostas Stamoulis

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Carlo Azzarri

CGIAR-IFPRI

Date Written: September 2009

Abstract

This paper examines the links between the assets and the economic activities of rural households in developing countries to provide insight into how the promotion of certain key assets — particularly education, land, and infrastructure — influences the economic choices of these households. Nationally representative data from 15 countries which form part of the rural income-generating activities (RIGA) database are used in the analysis. The results indicate that improved land access is linked to agricultural production and thus will lead households to take, on average, this path for improving household welfare. Higher levels of education and greater access to infrastructure appear to be most closely linked to non-agricultural wage employment.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Davis, Benjamin and Carletto, Calogero and Quiñones, Esteban J. and Zezza, Alberto and Stamoulis, Kostas and Azzarri, Carlo, Assets, Activities and Rural Income Generation: Evidence From a Multicountry Analysis (September 2009). World Development, Vol. 36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306674

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Alberto Zezza

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Kostas Stamoulis

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