Rural-urban migration and agricultural productivity: The case of Senegal

Peter D. Goldsmith, Kisan Gunjal, Barnabé Ndarishikanye

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This paper explores the relationship between agricultural productivity and rural-urban migration by developing an econometric model and applying it to the case of Senegal. Country level data is used covering the years 1961-1996. Policy implications of reducing rural-urban migration using agricultural output elasticities are developed. The findings support the hypothesis that rural-urban migration is a positive function of the ratio of urban per capita income to rural per capita income. Moreover, the results support a policy aimed at reducing rural-urban migration flows through increases in per capita earnings derived from increased agricultural investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-45
Number of pages13
JournalAgricultural Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Economic development
  • F0
  • International agriculture
  • Investment
  • O1
  • Q1
  • Rural-urban migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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