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Determinants of Earnings among Commercial Motorcycle Operators in Kwara State, Nigeria

Yakubu, Ahmed Taruwere.i
ยน Department of Economic, University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria, P.M.B 1515
Abstract :

The informal transport business in Nigeria most especially the commercial motorcycle transport popularly called okada; serves as a means of livelihood to many people in the country. This paper evaluated the core determinants of earnings among commercial motorcyclists across the rural-urban divide in Kwara State, Nigeria. Apart from the specific objective, other issues examined include background of the respondents; economic and operational characteristics of the okada operators. A total of 80 Questionnaires were distributed to okada operators in both rural and urban areas. Out of this 77 were returned valid. The paper used a modified Mincerian equation as tool for data analysis. Results from the study show that, the significant variables like age of okada riders; location; and license holding positively determine earnings while variables such as age2 ; and average fare charged per trip; negatively determine earnings . The findings further indicate that okada riders earn a minimum of N 500 and maximum of N 2,800 per day. Urban okada operators earn N 591.97 higher than the rural operators; licensed operators also earn N 512.37 higher than non licensed operators daily. In this connection, education does not in any way determine earnings of commercial motorcyclists. This runs counter to the expectation of Human Capital Theory. 

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Determinants of Earnings among Commercial Motorcycle Operators

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Volume 2, Number 2, February 2012 , ISSN 2162-6359

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