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Type Journal Article - The Journal of Development Studies
Title Differential adoption of modern rice technology and regional wage differential in Nepal
Volume 26
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 450-468
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220389008422164
In Nepal, which consists of ecologically distinct regions, the concentration of the adoption of modern rice varieties in the favourable rice growing areas of the country has raised fears that regional income disparities have widened. This study shows that greater demand for hired labour due to the adoption of modern rice varieties has induced permanent and seasonal migration from unfavourable to favourable areas. This appears to have largely equalised average wage rates across different production environments. Thus, as far as labour income is concerned, benefits from the modern varieties have been widely shared.

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