Data and code for: Seasonal liquidity, rural labor markets and agricultural production
- Fink, Günther (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute)
- Jack, B. Kelsey (University of California-Santa Barbara)
- Masiye, Felix (University of Zambia)
- Growth and Labor Markets in Low Income Countries
- International Growth Centre
- Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative
AbstractRural economies in many developing countries are characterized by a lean season in the months preceding harvest, when farmers have depleted their cash and grain savings from the previous year. To identify the impacts of liquidity during the lean season, we offered subsidized loans in randomly selected villages in rural Zambia. 98 percent of households took up the loan. Loan eligibility led to increases in on-farm labor and agricultural output, driving up wages in local labor markets. Larger effects for poorer households suggest that liquidity constraints contribute to inequality in rural economies.
MethodsResponse Rates: See Table 1 for additional detail
Baseline N=3139 (study sample)
Midline/Harvest N=3028 (96.5% response rate)
Endline N=3005 (95.7% response rate)
Other survey rounds were conducted on sub-samples only.
2013-11-01 / 2015-09-30Collection Date(s): Fri Nov 01 00:00:00 EDT 2013--Wed Sep 30 00:00:00 EDT 2015
Within each eligible village, households were sampled from the village rosters collected during the initial screening visits. Only farms of less than 5 hectares were eligible for the program. Eligible households were randomly sorted and the first 22 selected for the baseline survey. This resulted in 53 percent of households on average being selected for the project; across all villages, the share of households enrolled in the study ranged from 15 to 100 percent. A total of 3,701 households were sampled for the baseline and 3,139 were surveyed at baseline (85 percent).
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Fink, Günther, B. Kelsey Jack, and Felix Masiye. “Seasonal Liquidity, Rural Labor Markets, and Agricultural Production.” American Economic Review 110, no. 11 (November 2020): 3351–92. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20180607.
- ID: 10.1257/aer.20180607 (DOI)
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