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Factors Influencing Job Choice among Agricultural Economics Professionals

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  • McGraw, Katherine
  • Popp, Jennie S. Hughes
  • Dixon, Bruce L.
  • Newton, Doris J.

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This article identifies factors that influence agricultural economics professionals’ job choice between academic and government employment. Respondents agreed that job responsibilities were the most important factor in choosing their current position. They also agreed that having a positive work environment, good salary, family time, adequate resources, and professional and social interaction were important job attributes. Proportionally more women than men regarded partner opportunities, nondiscrimination, time for child care, and supportive colleagues as very important attributes influencing their decisions. A binomial probit of respondents’ current job sector indicates significant job choice determinants include sector preference (academic or government), previous professional experience, a positive work environment, and advancement opportunities.

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  • McGraw, Katherine & Popp, Jennie S. Hughes & Dixon, Bruce L. & Newton, Doris J., 2012. "Factors Influencing Job Choice among Agricultural Economics Professionals," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 44(02), May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:123779
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    1. Andrew P. Barkley & Cynthia K. Sylvius & Wendy A. Stock, 1999. "Agricultural Graduate Earnings: The Impacts of College, Career, and Gender," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 81(4), pages 785-800.
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    1. Selçuk Alp & Tuðba Kiral Özkan, 2015. "Job Choice with Multi-Criteria Decision Making Approach in a Fuzzy Environment," International Review of Management and Marketing, Econjournals, vol. 5(3), pages 165-172.

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    Keywords

    academic and government agricultural economics professionals; binomial probit; job choice; job preferences; gender; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession; C25; J24; J43; J45;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J43 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Agricultural Labor Markets
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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