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Type Journal Article - Journal of Agricultural Economics
Title Patterns of rural development: A cross-country comparison using microeconomic data
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Volume 61
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 628-651
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1477-9552.2010.00265.x/pdf
Abstract
This article proposes a general pattern of rural development in which increases in per capita income are associated with a decline in the importance of agricultural production and a rise in the importance of non-agricultural income sources. Following the approach to examining Engel’s Law, we use data from 15 developing countries and a merged dataset to test whether such a pattern emerges. The analysis shows a strong, positive relationship between per capita income and the share of income earned from rural non-agricultural wage employment and a negative relationship between per capita income and agricultural production.

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