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Labour Supply And Off‐Farm Work By Farmers: Theory And Estimation

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  • Chris Robinson
  • Pat J. McMahon
  • John C. Quiggin

Off-farm employment has become increasingly important as an aspect of resource adjustment and a source of income in Australian agriculture. However, it is surprising that there is a paucity of work on this topic reported in the agricultural economics literature. Therefore, we have drawn upon recent developments in labour economics in order to investigate off-farm employment in Australia. A conceptual model of the allocation of a farmer's labour between farm and off-farm work is developed and applied to cross-sectional data from the Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey. A Tobit maximum likelihood procedure is utilised to test the influences of the life cycle, level of human capital, wealth, non-wage income and farm income on the off-farm labour supply of farmers.

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Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 26 (1982)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 23-38

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ajarec:v:26:y:1982:i:1:p:23-38
DOI: j.1467-8489.1982.tb00406.x
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