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Can skill diversification improve welfare in rural areas? Evidence from Bhutan

dc.contributor.authorNatalie Chun
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-21
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-29T14:32:36Z
dc.date.available2015-04-29T14:32:36Z
dc.date.issued2012-05-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/4238
dc.description.abstractIncome growth in rural areas is a considerable challenge to further poverty reduction and economic development. Using a survey of rural Bhutanese households, we investigate the impacts of a vocational skills training programme that was intended to diversify incomes outside agriculture. We find that the programme had limited positive impacts along various economic and psychosocial dimensions, but that it diversified household incomes into the basic construction skill areas that it provided. Notably, the programme did raise incomes for trainees in non-competitive labour markets where trainees accounted for only a small percentage of the overall population. The results and findings from qualitative assessments suggest that: a greater emphasis on creating a mechanism to connect the training programme with income-generating opportunities via job placement services, entrepreneurship or mentoring services is needed – especially in competitive labour markets where there are too many trainees in relation to the population; refining the curriculum and extending the training time to allow trainees to develop their skills may be important; and encouraging greater equality in the skill development process may require providing more female-friendly training that has flexibility in training time and venues and focuses on other skill areas.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherTaylor and Francis
dc.titleCan skill diversification improve welfare in rural areas? Evidence from Bhutan
dc.typeJournals
dc.subject.expertFinancial & Private Sector Development
dc.subject.expertPrivate Sector Investments
dc.subject.expertPrivate Sector Participation
dc.subject.expertPrivate Sector Projects
dc.subject.expertPublic Sector Infrastructure
dc.subject.expertPublic Sector Management
dc.subject.expertPublic Sector Projects
dc.subject.adbDevelopment Indicators
dc.subject.adbEnvironmental Indicators
dc.subject.adbEconomic Indicators
dc.subject.adbEducational Indicators
dc.subject.adbDemographic Indicators
dc.subject.adbHealth Indicators
dc.subject.adbDisadvantaged Groups
dc.subject.adbLow Income Groups
dc.subject.adbSocially Disadvantaged Children
dc.subject.adbRural Conditions
dc.subject.adbRural Development
dc.subject.adbSocial Conditions
dc.subject.adbUrban Development
dc.subject.adbUrban Sociology
dc.subject.adbProject finance
dc.subject.adbResources evaluation
dc.subject.adbNeeds assessment
dc.subject.adbCost benefit analysis
dc.subject.naturalSocial change
dc.subject.naturalSocial accounting
dc.subject.naturalInequality of income
dc.subject.naturalEconomic growth
dc.subject.naturalQualilty of Life
dc.subject.naturalOpen price system
dc.subject.naturalPrice fixing
dc.subject.naturalPrice regulation
dc.subject.naturalConsumer price indexes
dc.title.seriesJournal of Development Effectiveness
dc.title.volumeVol. 4, Issue 2
dc.contributor.imprintTaylor and Francis
oar.themePrivate Sector
oar.themePublic Sector
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji Islands
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryFederated States of Micronesia
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryPeople's Republic of China
oar.countryHong Kong
oar.countryChina
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.identifierOAR-008007
oar.authorChun, Natalie
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oar.externallinkhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19439342.2012.674965#.VSXjuS7lw1k
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