Technical change and labour absorption in Asian agriculture: an assessment

S. K. Jayasuriya, R. T. Shand

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Increased labour absorption in agriculture has been widely held to be the key to solving unemployment problems in developing Asia, following the historical experience of East Asian countries. However, new labour saving chemical and mechanical innovations originating in the developed countries are being adopted by farmers in developing countries owing to their cost reducing characteristics. This international transfer of technology contributes to increased productivity but results in net reductions of agricultural labour use. Recognition of the declining capacity of the agricultural sector for labour absorption indicates the need to seek solutions to unemployment problems in the off-farm sector through appropriate policies.-Author

Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopment Studies Centre. Occasional Papers
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

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