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Personalizing the Middle-Income Trap: An Inter-Generational Migrant View from Rural Thailand

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  • Rigg, Jonathan
  • Promphaking, Buapun
  • Le Mare, Ann

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Using the experiences of first and second generation migrants from three villages in Thailand, we “personalize” the middle income trap, seeking to understand how and why migrants with growing levels of education and human capital remain rooted to their natal villages. Agrarian change is such that the village remains the locus of familial belonging and livelihood security, limiting engagement with the knowledge economy, sometimes for good reason given the precarity of much non-farm work. We conclude that the middle-income trap for these villages in Thailand is as much personal as it is institutional and structural.

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  • Rigg, Jonathan & Promphaking, Buapun & Le Mare, Ann, 2014. "Personalizing the Middle-Income Trap: An Inter-Generational Migrant View from Rural Thailand," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 184-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:59:y:2014:i:c:p:184-198
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.01.031
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