English, Article edition: The effect of environmental good scarcity on own-farm labor allocation: the case of agricultural households in rural Nepal COOKE, PRISCILLA A.

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  • The effect of environmental good scarcity on own-farm labor allocation: the case of agricultural households in rural Nepal
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  • COOKE, PRISCILLA A.
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  • As environmental goods such as fuelwood and fodder become more scarce, rural households in developing countries spend more time in their collection. It has been suggested that as a result households may reallocate labor away from own-farm agricultural production. This paper examines whether this is the case for a sample of agricultural households from rural Nepal. Cross-sectional estimates of agricultural labor demand equations give some indication that reallocation away from farm work may occur as environmental products become more scarce. However, these results disappear in random-effects estimation suggesting that time is instead reallocated from other activities or leisure. What little evidence there is for a labor reallocation from agriculture suggests that policies to relieve environmental good collection labor burdens should focus on leaf fodder and grass used as livestock feed rather than on fuelwood.
  • RePEc:cup:endeec:v:3:y:1998:i:04:p:443-469_00
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