The System of Rice Intensification and Its Impacts on Household Income and Child Schooling: Evidence from Rural Indonesia

Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

ACDE Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 04 June 2013


Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


Christopher Barrett, Cornell University


Daniel Suryadarma / Arianto Patunru
61259786 / 61250304
Abstract:The yield potential of a set of improved rice management practices, known as the System of RiceIntensification (SRI), has attracted much attention. Yet, we know surprisingly little about SRI’s impact on socio-economic outcomes, although the casual assumption abounds that higher yields imply higher income and other welfare improvements for farmers who practice SRI. Using original data from Indonesia, this study assesses the impact of SRI on farm and off-farm incomes as well as on the use of family labor time and child schooling. The matching estimator shows that SRI generates estimated yield gains of 64%. However, due presumably to a significant increase in the use of family labor on farm, SRI users earn significantly lower off-farm incomes such that users enjoy no net household income gains from SRI. Despite the increased labor demand for farming, we find no evidence of a child labor effect of SRI.

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