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Labor market participation of Chinese agricultural households: Empirical evidence from Zhejiang province

  • Glauben, Thomas
  • Herzfeld, Thomas
  • Wang, Xiaobing

This work is devoted to the analysis of the different labor market participation regimes of Chinese farm households over the reform process in the 1980s and 1990s. Using household data over the period 1986-2002 from the province Zhejiang, we apply a multinomial logit model to empirically examine household, farm, and regional characteristics affecting the probability that farmers participate in one of four alternative labor market regimes. As generally accepted, off-farm participation is the dominant form of farm households' labor market participation. But rural households show additionally a significant impact on rural employment mainly linked with non-agricultural household business. Results suggest that labor market decisions are significantly related to several family, farm, and village characteristics. In particular, we find education to be a key determinant of participation. Furthermore, results point to a higher probability of female household members to take up off-farm work.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

Volume (Year): 33 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 329-340

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