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Modeling Labor Use of Farm Households in the Red River Delta, Vietnam

Pham Van Hung and Nguyen Thi Duong Nga

No 290651, 2011 ASAE 7th International Conference, October 13-15, Hanoi, Vietnam from Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE)

Abstract: Low productivity of rural labor, which is likely to be surplus, is a common feature of agriculture in many countries, especially in developing countries. In Vietnam, rural labor can be used for both on- and off-farm activities. As a resource, farm households want to allocate their labor in productive sub-industries. The use of mathematical models to describe the interactions of variables is useful in modern management. In this paper, a ‘mixed’ model combining the knapsack problem and a household model into a modeling framework is developed. The impacts of changes in land policy (maintenance of rice fields for food security), increase in a minimum wage rate, the output prices of paddy crops were examined in the model. The simulation has led to the conclusion that a policy for sustainable development of agriculture should be considered and required to be adequate.

Keywords: Community/Rural/Urban Development; Consumer/Household Economics; Labor and Human Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-10-13
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