Seminar by Richard Barichello - Determinants of Rural Wage Rates in Java: How to Reduce Rural Poverty

Event | 10 April 2014 ADBI, Tokyo

Many solutions have been proposed to reduce rural poverty, but because the poorest rural citizens do not own significant amounts of capital and their only real asset is their labor, reducing poverty requires raising wage rates. Given the supplies of rural labor, wage rates can be raised by increased industrial and increased agricultural demand for that labor. We examine these two alternatives using time series econometrics to show whether agricultural policy or nonfarm employment demand policies are more appropriate for poverty alleviation in the case of Java over the 1983-2009 period.

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