Livelihoods and Farm Efficiency in Rural Georgia

Balcombe, Kelvin and Bezmer, Dirk and Davis, Junior and Fraser, Iain M (2005) Livelihoods and Farm Efficiency in Rural Georgia. Applied Economics, 37 (15). pp. 1737-1745. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the literature on the role of on rural livelihood strategies in rural growth and poverty reduction. It distinguishes between livelihood diversity strategies that contribute to sustainable growth in household incomes, and those that mainly have a 'coping' function. It suggests that typically, the contribution of livelihood diversity to growing household income is through relaxing dependence on credit for access to capital. In this scenario, livelihood diversity would lead to higher technical efficiency in agriculture via investment and thereby to higher household incomes. Survey data from Georgia are introduced and used to test these hypotheses using a Bayesian stochastic frontier approach. The findings are relevant to defining more clearly the scope and aims of policies to stimulate the rural non-farm economy in developing and transition countries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Agri-Environment Economics
Depositing User: Iain Fraser
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008 13:32
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 11:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/5522 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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