Diane Charlton

About Diane Charlton

Diane Charlton is a PhD candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of focus are rural development and labour. She is currently researching trends in the farm labour supply from rural Mexico and the impacts of education on labour sector choice and other economic outcomes.

How Mexico’s Investments in Education Will Change North American Agriculture

Worldwide, as income per capita rises, the share of the population working in agriculture diminishes. At present, there is little research investigating the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon. In a new paper, I examine the role of human capital investments in the transition off the farm, using household panel data that is nationally representative of rural Mexico. Does improved access to schools reduce the probability that individuals do farm work?

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