Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality

Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

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Abstract

Household-level impacts of environmental shocks are often negative, but may vary considerably due to heterogeneous vulnerability. This paper considers how differential vulnerability among households affects inequality within rural communities in Ethiopia. This study makes novel use of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and a NASA agro-climatology dataset. Results show that rainfall deficits have an equalizing effect on within-community livestock inequality in parts of Ethiopia, but regional differences are observed. A non-significant effect is observed with respect to asset inequality. As an initial study on this topic, this paper outlines an agenda for future data collection and analysis efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-193
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Development
Volume64
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Ethiopia
vulnerability
demographic survey
rainfall
health survey
climatology
community
evidence
livestock
regional difference
rural community
assets
deficit
data analysis
health
effect
household
Rainfall
Wealth inequality
Vulnerability

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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