The development of theoretical framework in connection with the explanation of migration has always been lopsided mostly confining to a view that migration takes place only from an unorganised sector to the urban organised sector. In view of the recent increase of rural to rural migration it has become necessary to locate new theoretical and empirical evidence in this direction. We tried to put forth three hypotheses. Firstly, there is an explanation of the rural to rural migration in terms of minimum statutory wages and growth rates of agricultural sector. Secondly, technological development of agricultural sector also causes a withdrawal of family labour and increase in the hired labour input. This further results into in-migration from the neighbouring as well as distant regions. This hypothesis needs to be tested further. Lastly, wage differentials and the work participation rates do not play significant roles in explaining migration from rural to rural areas. What we could, however, gather out of the exercise is that despite the absence of wage differentials, growth differentials and even the 'push effect' (due to saturation of labour market), it is difficult to explain distant rural-rural migration. The empirical evidence presented here is, however, not sufficient in support of the theoretical scaffolding. It needs to be attempted at a further disaggregated level.
A. Narayanamoorthy, Dr. Amalendu Jyotishi, and Deshpande, R. S., “Agricultural growth and migration: search for new evidence”, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 54, 3 vol., p. 402, 1999.