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Fishing and non-fishing income decisions: the role of human capital and family structure

Eskander, Shaikh M.S.U., Barbier, Edward B. and Gilbert, Ben (2018) Fishing and non-fishing income decisions: the role of human capital and family structure. Land Economics, 94 (1). pp. 114-136. ISSN 0023-7639

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Identification Number: 10.3368/le.94.1.114


Resource-dependent households often diversify their income. We model demand for remittances and supply of off-resource labor as a joint decision, and discuss household tradeoffs. We extend the off-farm labor supply literature to a rural fishery, contrasting our results to common findings in the farm literature and providing empirical evidence of the interdependence between education and family structure in determining income diversification. Using a unique dataset from Malaysia, we find that more educated households are less likely to diversify their income, with caveats depending on family composition. Policy implications for resource management in a remittance economy with alternative livelihoods are discussed.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q2 - Renewable Resources and Conservation > Q22 - Fishery; Aquaculture
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 07:03

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