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Consumption Smoothing in the Zone Lacustre, Mali

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  • Sarah Harrower
  • John Hoddinott

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This paper examines consumption smoothing in the Zone Lacustre, Mali, a poor region in one of the poorest countries in the world. Idiosyncratic shocks appear to have little impact on consumption. A stronger test of consumption smoothing shows that controlling for covariate shocks, changes in household income lead to modest changes in consumption. These results are robust to concerns regarding bias resulting from measurement error or endogeneity of changes in income. Although there is no one single response, in general non-poor households are more likely to enter into new income generating activities given these shocks while poor households are more likely to engage in gift exchange or to ration consumption. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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  • Sarah Harrower & John Hoddinott, 2005. "Consumption Smoothing in the Zone Lacustre, Mali," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 14(4), pages 489-519, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:14:y:2005:i:4:p:489-519
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    1. Renaud Bourlès & Bruno Ventelou & Maame Esi Woode, 2012. "Child Income as an Insurance Mechanism. Consequences for the Health-Education Relationship," Working Papers halshs-00790859, HAL.
    2. Davies, Simon & Easaw, Joshy & Ghoshray, Atanu, 2009. "Mental accounting and remittances: A study of rural Malawian households," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 321-334, June.
    3. Sebastian Linnemayr, 2010. "Consumption Smoothing and HIV/AIDS: The Case of Two Communities in South Africa," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 58(3), pages 475-506, April.
    4. Stefan Dercon, 0. "Fate and Fear: Risk and Its Consequences in Africa," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 17(suppl_2), pages -ii127.

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