Differential Risk Exposure and Stochastic Poverty Traps Among East African Pastoralists

Posted: 1 Feb 2001

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Christopher B. Barrett

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

John G. McPeak

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Abstract

In the pastoral and agropastoral systems of east Africa's arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL), climatic shocks, price volatility, disease outbreaks, and widespread violence beget frequent, severe disruption of already-fragile livelihoods. The past year's drought dramatically demonstrates that intense suffering recurs regularly in the ASAL in spite of significant humanitarian aid flows. This paper explores why that might be, drawing on several recent studies we and our collaborators have undertaken in the past few years.

Suggested Citation

Barrett, Christopher B. and McPeak, John G., Differential Risk Exposure and Stochastic Poverty Traps Among East African Pastoralists. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=257435

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John G. McPeak

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

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