Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 955–994 | Cite as

Intensity of labour migration and its determinants: insights from Indian semi-arid villages

  • Kalandi Charan PradhanEmail author
  • K. Narayanan
In Honor of Shin-Kun Peng


The aim of this study was to examine the potential factors that determine the intensity of labour migration at household level for selected semi-arid villages in two states of India: Telangana and Maharashtra. In doing so, we use panel data for selected migrant households that were compiled from the household survey conducted by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) for the period 2005–2014. We follow empirical analysis by employing state and aggregate level least squares dummy variable (LSDV) models to demonstrate how factors at each of these level can influence intensity of migration. The study finds that the main determinants of intensity of migration are family size, dependency ratio, age of the head of the household, ownership of the land and livestock owned by the household. Apart from these major factors, share of remittances in household’s total income mostly drives the migration intensity in each of the estimated regression models.


Migration intensity Semi-arid regions Demographic factors Socioeconomic factors Climatic factors Livelihood strategy 

JEL Classification

D13 J28 J53 J64 O15 O18 



Authors are grateful to the anonymous referees and the editor of this journal for their useful comments.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest. This study satisfies all ethical responsibilities as well as standards that have been mentioned in the said criteria.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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