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Toward an Ecological Explanation of Agricultural Unemployment in Bangladesh

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Cultural ecology theoretical framework was found suitable to explain unemployment in agriculture in three villages in Bangladesh. Path analysis and multiple regression statistics were used to examine the direct, indirect, and total effects of eight independent human, social, environmental, and technology variables as well as their aggregate contribution on agricultural unemployment. The multiple regression model explains 86.2% of the total variation in unemployment in agriculture; they were followed by environmental constraints and labor saving technology variables.

Keywords: Bangladesh; cultural ecology; flood and drought; high yielding rice; unemployment in agriculture

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The University of Texas at Tyler

Publication date: 1998-05-01

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