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Village characteristics and employment choice in rural Philippines


  • Karl Kendrick Tiu Chua

    () (Department of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City)


This paper examines Philippine rural employment choice and patterns. It uses a first-of-a-kind dataset that consolidates data from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey 2000 (FIES), the Census of Population Barangay Schedule 2000 (CPH5), and the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) Level of Development Assessment 2000 (ALDA). A multinomial logit model is utilized to determine employment likelihood in different sectors given a set of individual and household attributes, and village characteristics. The results reveal that the lack of facilities, services, and formal establishments is primarily responsible for keeping rural dwellers in the impoverished agricultural and informal service sectors. This study also shows that individual and household attributes are generally in accord with theory and other empirical studies.

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  • Karl Kendrick Tiu Chua, 2004. "Village characteristics and employment choice in rural Philippines," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 41(2), pages 49-79, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:41:y:2004:i:2:p:49-79

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    labor demand; human capital; skills; occupational choice; labor; productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General


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