Migration and Farm Efficiency: Evidence from Northern Thailand
AbstractThis paper investigates the relationship between labour migration and agricultural productivity in the Northern Province of Thailand. Drawing on maize production data from a household survey, we estimate a stochastic production function to evaluate the effects of migration, remittances and salient characteristics of migrants on the mean maize output and levels of technical efficiency. Evidence shows that remittances and number of migrant workers facilitate maize production. It was also found that remittances, duration of migration, gender and education of migrants enhance the productive capacity of maize farmers.
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Migration; stochastic frontier; technical efficiency; maize; Thailand; Crop Production/Industries; Labor and Human Capital;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGR-2008-11-18 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ALL-2008-11-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2008-11-18 (Development)
- NEP-EFF-2008-11-18 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-HRM-2008-11-18 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2008-11-18 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2008-11-18 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-SEA-2008-11-18 (South East Asia)
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