Intensity of Off-Farm Employment and Its Impact on Wage Distribution: Does the Source of Health Insurance Coverage Matter?

Author: Hisham S. El-Osta

The determinants of off-farm wages, with emphasis on the role of working “full-time” off the farm, are examined using data from the 2015 Agricultural Resource Management Survey and quantile regression. The targeted groups of farm operators for the analysis are based on whether health insurance coverage is obtained from the “off-farm” employer, and whether it is obtained from “other” sources. Findings indicate a negative association between “full-time” off-farm work and off-farm wages among farm operators in both categories who are at the higher portions of their respective off-farm wage distributions, which is in accordance with the compensating differential prediction.


Journal: Theoretical Economics Letters
DOI: 10.4236/tel.2017.76116 (PDF)
Paper Id: 79661 (metadata)

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