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The social and economic impacts of drought

Edwards, Benjamin; Gray, Matthew; Hunter, Boyd

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Although the economic and environmental impacts of drought have been widely studied, few large-scale studies have examined the broader social impacts of drought. To fill this knowledge gap, the Australian Institute of Family Studies undertook the Regional and Rural Families Survey in 2007, when a significant part of Australia was experiencing a severe drought. This paper analyses that survey to measure the extent to which drought affects a range of economic, health and social outcomes. Drought...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorGray, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Boyd
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-29T03:45:53Z
dc.date.available2019-11-29T03:45:53Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-925715-05-7
dc.identifier.issn2209-1858
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/187053
dc.description.abstractAlthough the economic and environmental impacts of drought have been widely studied, few large-scale studies have examined the broader social impacts of drought. To fill this knowledge gap, the Australian Institute of Family Studies undertook the Regional and Rural Families Survey in 2007, when a significant part of Australia was experiencing a severe drought. This paper analyses that survey to measure the extent to which drought affects a range of economic, health and social outcomes. Drought is found to have a substantial negative economic and health impact on farmers and others employed in the agricultural sector. There is some evidence that groups that are not employed in agriculture are adversely affected, with a widespread loss of services in drought-affected areas and some marginal labour market groups (e.g. carers) experiencing poor employment outcomes in a drought-affected local economy. Policy makers need to take these impacts into account in designing an effective response to future droughts.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis report was commisioned by ANU Centre for Social Research & Methods
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Centre for Social Research & Methods
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper (Centre for Social Research & Methods (CSRM), The Australian National University); No. 5/2018
dc.rights© 2018
dc.source.urihttp://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/social-and-economic-impacts-drought
dc.titleThe social and economic impacts of drought
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor160501 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4019826xPUB20
local.publisher.urlhttps://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/social-and-economic-impacts-drought
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationEdwards, Benjamin, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGray, Matthew, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHunter, Boyd, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage11
local.identifier.absseo960311 - Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
dc.date.updated2019-06-09T08:16:31Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
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