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Non-Agricultural Labor from Rural Farmers in Bolivia: Determinants and Effects

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  • Lykke E. Andersen

    () (Institute for Advanced Development Studies)

  • Beatriz Muriel

    () (Maestrias para el Desarrollo, Universidad Catolica Boliviana)

  • Horacio Valencia

    () (Institute for Advanced Development Studies)

Abstract

This paper analyses non-agricultural work supplied by rural households in Bolivia. It is shown that roughly 50% of all rural households complement their incomes through non-agricultural work, but that households in the lowlands are more likely to do so than households in the highlands. Since non-agricultural work pays several times better than agricultural work, access to this source of complementary income constitutes an important opportunity to escape rural poverty.

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  • Lykke E. Andersen & Beatriz Muriel & Horacio Valencia, 2009. "Non-Agricultural Labor from Rural Farmers in Bolivia: Determinants and Effects," Development Research Working Paper Series 01/2009, Institute for Advanced Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:adv:wpaper:200901
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    1. Sherman Robinson & Andrea Cattaneo & Moataz El-Said, 2001. "Updating and Estimating a Social Accounting Matrix Using Cross Entropy Methods," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(1), pages 47-64.
    2. Andersen, Lykke E. & Breisinger, Clemens & Mason d'Croz, Daniel & Jemio, Luis Carlos & Ringler, Claudia & Robertson, Richard D. & Verner, Dorte & Wiebelt, Manfred, 2014. "Agriculture, incomes, and gender in Latin America by 2050: An assessment of climate change impacts and household resilience for Brazil, Mexico, and Peru:," IFPRI discussion papers 1390, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    Keywords

    Rural labor markets; Bolivia; non-farm labor;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J43 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Agricultural Labor Markets
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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