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dc.contributor.authorDimowa, Ralitzaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMichaelowa, Katharinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorWeber, Ankeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-13T15:05:28Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-13T15:05:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/39958-
dc.description.abstractIn Malawi, informal off-farm labour (ganyu) has often been described as a survival strategy which eventually drives poor rural households into even further destitution. Based on data from the Second Integrated Household Survey for 2004, we estimate the determinants of the decision to supply labour in the ganyu market and the amount of labour supplied. Our results do not support the conjecture that ganyu is necessarily a low-return strategy that confines subsistence constrained households to a vicious circle of poverty. However, we do find evidence that ganyu is used as an ex-post coping strategy in the event of shocks, and as an ex-ante social insurance mechanism. Moreover, we generally find a positive reaction of ganyu supply to an increase in the ganyu wages, and no evidence of any backward bending segment of the supply curve for households close to the subsistence level. While ganyu does not appear to drive poor households into further destitution, these households do seem to suffer the most when they face demand side constraints in times of greatest needs.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherVerein für Socialpolitik, Ausschuss für Entwicklungsländer Göttingenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesProceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Hannover 2010 29en_US
dc.subject.jelO12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ22en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordrural labor supplyen_US
dc.subject.keywordinsurance strategiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordpovertyen_US
dc.subject.keywordMalawien_US
dc.titleGanyu Labour in Malawi: Understanding Rural Households’ Labour Supply Strategiesen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn654428808-
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:gdec10:29-
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