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Regional Agricultural Endowments and Shifts of Poverty Trap Equilibria: Evidence from Ethiopian Panel Data

  • Stephen C. Smith


    (Department of Economics/Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

  • Sungil Kwak


    (Department of Economics/Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

We introduce new approaches to research on poverty traps, focusing on changes in patterns of equilibria over time and across regions, applied to the Ethiopia Rural Household Survey. We revisit the incidence of multiple equilibria using new nonparametric techniques; we also emphasize conditions of single equilibria that remain stagnant below the poverty line. We identify a single equilibrium in our initial interval (1994 - 1999) but and evidence that a second, higher equilibrium is emerging in the subsequent (1999 - 2004) interval. One of three major regions exhibits a deeply impoverished equilibrium that does not improve despite a national environment of pro-poor growth.

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Paper provided by The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy in its series Working Papers with number 2011-01.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Publication status: forthcoming.
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