(DP 1982-14) Agricultural Modernization and Non-Agricultural Employment: An Asian and Pacific Perspective

Florian A. Alburo


The paper aims to provide a cross-country aggregate perspective of the interactions between agricultural modernization and non-agricultural employment in Asia and the Pacific. Following a Hymer-Resnick model, the results of the analysis indicates that increases in non-agricultural employment follow increases in agricultural modernization but that as the pace proceeds this type of employment falls off. Several indicators of agricultural modernization are explored in the analysis that reflect levels or stages of modernization. Although statistical fits are not thoroughly satisfactory, the results support the basic framework followed.

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