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Locational Determinants of Rural Non-Agricultural Employment: Evidence from Brazil

Erik Jonasson () and Steven Helfand ()

No 2008:3, Working Papers from Lund University, Department of Economics

Abstract: By paying particular attention to the local economic context, this paper analyzes the determinants of non-agricultural employment and earnings in non-agricultural jobs. The empirical analysis is based on the Brazilian Demographic Census, allowing for disaggregated controls for the local economy. Education stands out as one of the key determinants of employment outcome and earnings potential. Failure to control for locational effects, however, can lead to biased estimation of the importance of individual and household-specific characteristics. The empirical results show that local market size and distance to population centers have a significant impact on non-agricultural employment prospects and earnings.

Keywords: rural non-agricultural employment; economic geography; Latin America; Brazil (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 O12 O15 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2008-01-17
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Published in World Development, 2010, pages 727-741.

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