Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America
AbstractThis paper uses a new data set to study household responses to adverse income shocks in seven Latin American countries. The results show (i) that households respond to income shocks mainly by increasing their labor force participation, selling assets, and cutting on human capital investments, (ii) that poor households are most likely to be affected by adverse income shocks, and (iii) that lower-middle class households are more likely to cut back human capital investments and move abroad when faced with an adverse income shock. Taken together, these results offer ample justification for publicly funded safety nets targeted at the poor.
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- Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, 2001. "Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America," INFORMES DE INVESTIGACIÃN 002795, FEDESARROLLO.
- Alejandro Gaviria, 2001. "Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America," Research Department Publications 4273, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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