Determinants of the rural nonfarm economy in Tajikistan

Atamanov, Aziz and Van den Berg, Marrit (2012). Determinants of the rural nonfarm economy in Tajikistan. UNU-MERIT Working Paper Series. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Atamanov, Aziz
    Van den Berg, Marrit
    Title Determinants of the rural nonfarm economy in Tajikistan
    Series Title UNU-MERIT Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 80
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Maastricht
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Pages 31
    Abstract This paper explores determinants of participation, intensity and the magnitude of the rural nonfarm economy (RNFE) in Tajikistan. Conducting analysis at the district level, in addition to traditional individual and household levels, helps to test the impact of institutional determinants of the RNFE invariant at the micro level. We have found that rural residents in Tajikistan are mostly pushed into nonfarm activities in areas with scarce land resources of poor quality. Moreover, market imperfections in the agricultural sector are also found to induce participation and intensity of the rural nonfarm activities. While nonfarm activities are found to be mostly driven by "push" factors, poor education and the access to infrastructure are found to be important barriers constraining the poor from participation in nonfarm activities.
    Keyword Nonfarm economy
    Determinants
    Rural
    Tajikistan
    JEL J21
    J22
    J24
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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