Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2013

Publication Title

Review of Development Economics

Abstract

This paper provides for the first time a clear quantitative link between agricultural productivity and poverty among rural households in Nepal. Using data from a nationwide Nepal Living Standard Survey 2004, we first estimate household-specific productivity per worker under both Cobb–Douglas and translog production functions. Second, the paper identifies the determinants of productivity. Third, we explore a theoretical link between productivity and poverty using Sen's poverty index and find empirically that productivity growth substantially helps poverty reduction. Finally, the integrated effects of changes in productivity determinants are found to be stronger than the outcomes of sectoral policies taken in isolation.

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

732

Last Page

746

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/rode.12062

ISSN

1467-9361

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:

Devkota, S.; Upadhyay, M. Agricultural Productivity and Poverty Reduction in Nepal. Review of Development Economics 2013, 17(4), 732-746. https://doi.org/10.1111/rode.12062

which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/rode.12062

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