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Shocks to Philippine households: Incidence, idiosyncrasy and impact

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  • Joseph J. Capuno

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines)

  • Aleli D. Kraft

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines)

  • Stella A. Quimbo

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines)

  • Carlos Antonio R. Tan, Jr.

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines)

Abstract

With their country located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and in the monsoon belt, Philippine households are perennially exposed to natural disasters and calamities. In addition, they face health, economic and sociopolitical risks. Using a nationally representative sample of households, we assess the overall incidence of different shocks, the extent to which they simultaneously affect households in the same area, and their impact. A huge majority of households experience shocks, with the incidence of different shocks being roughly the same for poor and rich households. Natural and economic shocks appear to affect more households simultaneously in the same area than sociopolitical shocks, health shocks and deaths. Health shocks and deaths lead to greater short-term and long-term impacts. Richer households are able to recover better than the poor. We draw some implications for the design and targeting of social health insurance, disaster management and other social protection programs.

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  • Joseph J. Capuno & Aleli D. Kraft & Stella A. Quimbo & Carlos Antonio R. Tan, Jr., 2013. "Shocks to Philippine households: Incidence, idiosyncrasy and impact," UP School of Economics Discussion Papers 201312, University of the Philippines School of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Household shocks; coping mechanisms; welfare;
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    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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