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Job Choice of Three Generations in Rural Laos

Jonna P. Estudillo, Yukichi Mano () and Saygnasak Seng-Arloun

Journal of Development Studies, 2013, vol. 49, issue 7, 991-1009

Abstract: Using a rare individual-level data set, this article explores the role of education and farmland on the choice of job of three generations of household members in rural Laos. While the first (G1) and the second (G2) generations are mainly engaged in farming, the youngest generation (G3) is engaged in nonfarm wage and overseas work. Education matters in nonfarm wage work, but not necessarily in overseas work. The female members of G3 are more likely to migrate. Our findings imply a shortage of jobs in rural Laos, pushing the less educated and the females to cross the border to Thailand.

Date: 2013
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