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Occupational Choice and Multiple Job Holding in Rural Gujarat

Jeemol Unni

Indian Economic Review, 1996, vol. 31, issue 2, 157-183

Abstract: This paper analyses the occupational choice behaviour of individuals in rural Gujarat in Western India. It examines the economic rationale for holding single or multiple jobs and undertaking self or wage employment. The analysis suggests that persons who undertake multiple jobs are younger, less educated, are faced with lower wage rates and live further away from towns. The influence of the value of physical capital on job choices is complex. The polychotomous logit model suggests that higher value of land and other assets encourage diversification into a second activity, except at very high value of land, among the self-employed. Further disaggregation, however, reveals that while this is true for self-employed men with land, landless self-employed men prefer to specialise in a single activity.

JEL-codes: J24 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996
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