Smoothing Income against Crop Flood Losses in Amazonia: Rain Forest or Rivers as a Safety Net?
AbstractThis article examines the role of ex post labor supply in smoothing income in response to crop losses caused by large floods among riverine households in the Peruvian Amazon, where rich environmental endowments permit a variety of resource extractive activities and coping responses. The paper finds that households respond to crop losses primarily by intensifying fishing effort, not by relying on gathering of nontimber forest products, hunting, or asset liquidation. This ex post labor adjustment helps to smooth total income against small crop losses but less well against large crop losses. Both relatively nonpoor households with better fishing capital and poor young households with a physical labor advantage employ this natural insurance in rivers. Copyright � 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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- Takasaki, Yoshito & Barham, Bradford L. & Coomes, Oliver T., 2007. "Smoothing Income against Crop Flood Losses in Amazonia: Rain Forest or Rivers as a Safety Net," Staff Paper Series 518, University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
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