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Labour adjustments in agriculture: evidence from Romania

Tocco, Barbara, Davidova, Sophia M., Bailey, Alastair (2014) Labour adjustments in agriculture: evidence from Romania. Studies in Agricultural Economics, 116 (2). pp. 67-73. ISSN 2063-0476. (doi:10.7896/j.1406) (KAR id:63537)

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Abstract

This paper explores the slow pace of structural change which has characterised the post-transition period in Romania and sheds light on the dynamics of labour adjustments. A multinomial logit is employed to investigate the determinants of inter-sectoral labour movements in the period 2003-06. The high share of farm employment in Romania, mostly characterised by family workers and self-employed, suggests that agriculture serves as a buffer against unemployment. Whereas the main channel of farm labour outfl ows is closely related to retirement, movements to other sectoral employment are signifi cantly hindered by the low levels of education. The fi ndings are important from a policy point of view, suggesting the need for investments in human capital, specifi cally in education of the rural population with the purpose of enhancing the mobility of labour and facilitating a smooth transition across activities. At the same time, priority should be placed on rural development to encourage the diversifi cation of the rural economy and the creation of alternative sources of income from non-agricultural activities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.7896/j.1406
Uncontrolled keywords: labour adjustments, inter-sectoral movements, agriculture, multinomial logit, Romania
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Sophia Davidova
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 14:57 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63537 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Davidova, Sophia M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8653-8191
Bailey, Alastair: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4682-3251
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