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DIFFERENTIAL RETURNS TO LABOR IN INDIAN AGRICULTURE

David Abler ()

Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1991, vol. 20, issue 1, 9

Abstract: This article explores the speed of adjustment in Indian agricultural labor markets to changing economic circumstances. Agricultural wages in sixteen states during 1970-86 are analyzed. Results indicate that agricultural wages adjust quickly toward their long-run values, completing about one-fifth to one-fourth of the adjustment per year. Results also suggest strong linkages between the agricultural and nonagricultural labor markets. Interstate agricultural productivity differences have risen substantially in the last twenty-five years, and many feel this has led to a disintegration of the agricultural labor market. The findings suggest an indirect integration may be occurring through migration to nonagriculture.

Keywords: Labor; and; Human; Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1991
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.28820

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