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The Joint Effects of Off-farm Work and Smartphone Use on Household Income in Rural China

Alan Renwick, Wanglin Ma, Peng Nie () and Jianjun Tang ()

No 277304, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: This paper assesses the impact of participation in off-farm work on smartphone use, using an endogenous switching probit model and a survey of 493 rural Chinese households. The joint impacts of off-farm work participation and smartphone use on household income are also analyzed using a control function method. The results show that participation in off-farm work increases the probability of smartphone use significantly. Furthermore, we find that the household heads who engaged in off-farm activities and who were smartphone users earned 3,430 Yuan and 2,643 Yuan more per capita annual income, respectively, compared to their full-time farming and smartphone-free counterparts. Acknowledgement : The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from Lincoln University within the seed fund project (INT5056).

Keywords: Research; and; Development/; Tech; Change/Emerging; Technologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.277304

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