Employed workers in agricultural sector: OCCISCO or INDGEN?


#1

For calculating the population of currently employed persons age 16 to 65 who are working in agriculture I could either use code 6 in OCCISCO (“Skilled agricultural and fishery workers”) or code 10 in INDGEN “Agriculture, fishing, and forestry”.

What would be the preferred variable for our purposes?


#2

OCCISCO identifies, according to the major categories in the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) scheme for 1988, a person’s primary occupation. Whereas INDGEN is an industry classification; where industry refers to the activity or product of the establishment or sector in which a person worked. Which you should use depends on the purpose of your analysis (i.e. are you interested in occupational information or industry information). For example, a person may work in the agricultural industry, but that does not necessarily mean they are a farmer.

We also have several other work related variables available for international samples that you may wish to explore.