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Coping with shocks in rural Ethiopia

Yilma, Zelalem; Mebratie, Anagaw; Sparrow, Robert; Abebaw, Degnet; Dekker, Marleen; Alemu, Getnet; Bedi, Arjun

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Using survey data and event history interviews undertaken in Ethiopia, we investigate which shocks trigger which coping responses and why. Relatively covariate natural and economic shocks trigger reductions in savings and in food consumption, while relatively idiosyncratic health shocks prompt reductions in savings and a reliance on borrowing. Surprisingly, across all shocks, households do not rely on gifts from family and friends, highlighting the need for formal protection systems. We argue...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorYilma, Zelalem
dc.contributor.authorMebratie, Anagaw
dc.contributor.authorSparrow, Robert
dc.contributor.authorAbebaw, Degnet
dc.contributor.authorDekker, Marleen
dc.contributor.authorAlemu, Getnet
dc.contributor.authorBedi, Arjun
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:27:28Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-0388
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/73959
dc.description.abstractUsing survey data and event history interviews undertaken in Ethiopia, we investigate which shocks trigger which coping responses and why. Relatively covariate natural and economic shocks trigger reductions in savings and in food consumption, while relatively idiosyncratic health shocks prompt reductions in savings and a reliance on borrowing. Surprisingly, across all shocks, households do not rely on gifts from family and friends, highlighting the need for formal protection systems. We argue that the insensitivity of food consumption to health shocks does not imply insurability but indicates that it is not a viable response to such a shock.
dc.publisherFrank Cass & Co Ltd
dc.sourceJournal of Development Studies
dc.titleCoping with shocks in rural Ethiopia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume50
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor140202 - Economic Development and Growth
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB3906
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationYilma, Zelalem, Erasmus University Rotterdam
local.contributor.affiliationMebratie, Anagaw, Erasmus University Rotterdam
local.contributor.affiliationSparrow, Robert, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationAbebaw, Degnet, Ethiopian Economic Association
local.contributor.affiliationDekker, Marleen, Leiden University
local.contributor.affiliationAlemu, Getnet, Addis Ababa University
local.contributor.affiliationBedi, Arjun, Erasmus University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue7
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1009
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1024
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00220388.2014.909028
local.identifier.absseo910209 - Preference, Behaviour and Welfare
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T08:32:15Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84903769264
local.identifier.thomsonID000339068500007
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