(DP 1980-12) Comparative Agricultural Modernization and Non-Farm Employment

Florian A. Alburo


This paper reports on the non-farm employment aspects of two agricultural towns considered to be at varying stages of agricultural modernization. It is found that non-farm employment increases with the pace of agricultural modernization. At the middle stages of modernity, employment decreases before it increases again. In the same vein, party-time employment in non-farm enterprises decreases. Implications of the findings on factor proportions, program management, and general policy are spelled out in the context of experiences found in other countries.

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