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Poverty and Vulnerability - An Interdisciplinary Approach

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  • Makoka, Donald
  • Kaplan, Marcus

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This paper describes the concepts of poverty and vulnerability as well as the interconnections and differences between them using an interdisciplinary approach. While poverty is a static concept, vulnerability has a forward-looking dimension. We, therefore, review the methodologies that different disciplines use to measure poverty and vulnerability. In particular, the differences between vulnerability to natural disasters, vulnerability to climate change, as well as vulnerability to poverty are highlighted to reflect how vulnerability is perceived in natural sciences as well as in economics. The three case studies from Tajikistan, Malawi, and Europe show how the different dimensions of vulnerability impact on household welfare and livelihoods in developing as well as developed countries.

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  • Makoka, Donald & Kaplan, Marcus, 2005. "Poverty and Vulnerability - An Interdisciplinary Approach," MPRA Paper 6964, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:6964
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    1. Canagarajah, P. Sudharshan & Siegel, Paul B. & Heitzmann, Karin, 2002. "Guidelines for assessing the sources of risk and vulnerability," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 31372, The World Bank.
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    1. Osawe, Osayanmon Wellington, 2013. "Livelihood Vulnerability and Migration Decision Making Nexus: The Case of Rural Farm Households in Nigeria," 2013 AAAE Fourth International Conference, September 22-25, 2013, Hammamet, Tunisia 161628, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).

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    Keywords

    poverty; vulnerability; hazard;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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