Employment Dynamics in the Rural Nonfarm Sector in Ethiopia: Do the Poor Have Time on Their Side?

Employment Dynamics in the Rural Nonfarm Sector in Ethiopia: Do the Poor Have Time on Their Side?

Author: 
Sosina Bezu
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
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Responsibility: 
Barrett, Christopher, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Journal of Development Studies
Source: 
The Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 9, September 2012, pp. 1223-1240
Abstract: 

We study rural employment transitions in Ethiopia between farming and both low- and high-return nonfarm employment. We find that initial asset holdings and access to saving and credit are important factors for transition into high-return rural nonfarm employment and that households' participation in high-return rural nonfarm activities is robust to their experience of health shocks. However, shocks that affect their wealth or liquidity may trigger descents into low-return nonfarm employment. On the other hand, shocks that reduce agricultural income motivate transitions into high-return rural nonfarm employment.

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CITATION: Sosina Bezu. Employment Dynamics in the Rural Nonfarm Sector in Ethiopia: Do the Poor Have Time on Their Side? . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. The Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 9, September 2012, pp. 1223-1240 - Available at: http://library.au.int/employment-dynamics-rural-nonfarm-sector-ethiopia-do-poor-have-time-their-side-4