Journal Article

Determinants of Nonfarm Earnings of Farm-Based Husbands and Wives in Northern Ghana

Awudu Abdulai and Christopher L. Delgado

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 1, pages 117-130
Published in print February 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online February 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI:
Determinants of Nonfarm Earnings of Farm-Based Husbands and Wives in Northern Ghana

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The nonfarm work participation decisions of married men and women in rural Northern Ghana were jointly and separately estimated for married couples through a bivariate probit, using recent survey data. Selectivity bias was corrected for in estimating wage offer and labor supply equations, using Heckman's procedure. Education, experience, infrastructure, distance to the capital, and population density, as well as interactions between education and infrastructure and between education and distance to the city, were found to be significantly related to the probability of nonfarm labor market participation, wages, and the amount of nonfarm labor performed, with significant differences by gender.

Keywords: Africa; gender; infrastructure; nonfarm labor supply; wages; O120; O130; O150; Q120

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics ; Economic Development

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