Understanding Declining Mobility and Inter-Household Transfers among East African Pastoralists

22 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Marieke Huysentruyt

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

John G. McPeak

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Abstract

We model inter-household transfers between nomadic livestock herders as the state-dependent consequence of individuals' strategic interdependence, resulting from the existence of multiple, opposing externalitiesmore specifically, a public-good security externality among individuals sharing a social (e.g. ethnic) identity in a potentially hostile environment, and a resource appropriation externality related to the use of common property grazing lands. Our model augments the extant literature on transfers, and is more consistent with the limited available empirical evidence on heterogeneous and changing transfers' patterns among east African pastoralists. The core principles of our model possibly apply more broadly, for example to long-distance migrants or even foot soldiers in street gangs.

Suggested Citation

Huysentruyt, Marieke E/Els and Barrett, Christopher B. and McPeak, John G., Understanding Declining Mobility and Inter-Household Transfers among East African Pastoralists. Economica, Vol. 76, No. 302, pp. 315-336, April 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1375979 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00675.x

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John G. McPeak

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