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Determinants of Rural Nonfarm Employment:A Study in Dibrugarh District of Assam

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  • Department of Economics, Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College, Dibrugarh University, India
  • Department of Economics, Dibrugarh University, India
  • Department of Life Sciences, Dibrugarh University, India

Abstract


Rural Non-farm sector has gained considerable importance as an alternative strategy for generating employment, reducing poverty, achieving higher rate of growth and development of rural areas. Majority of rural people nowadays are engaged in a variety of non-farm activities besides involving in farming which is their major activity. This study tries to assess the rural employment situation and also attempts to identify the factors which influence rural workforce to participate in non-farm employment as principal occupation. The study is based on primary data collected through field survey in two blocks of Dibrugarh district of Assam. In order to analyse the determinants that influence workforce to undertake non-farm activity as principal occupation, a Binary Logistic Regression Model is used. Five factors namely, land size, education level, household size, age and ratio of non-farm income to farm income have turned out to be significant determinants of rural non-farm employment.

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