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Migration and Farm Efficiency: Evidence from Northern Thailand

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  • Nonthakot, Phanin
  • Villano, Renato A.

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This 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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Paper provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2008 Conference (52nd), February 5-8, 2008, Canberra, Australia with number 5981.

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Keywords: Migration; stochastic frontier; technical efficiency; maize; Thailand; Crop Production/Industries; Labor and Human Capital;

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