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Title:Rural households in a changing climate PDF Logo
Authors:Báez Ramírez, Javier Eduardo
Kronick, Dorothy
Mason, Andrew D.
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6872
Abstract:This paper argues that climate change poses two distinct, if related, sets of challenges for poor rural households: challenges related to the increasing frequency and severity of weather shocks and challenges related to long-term shifts in temperature, rainfall patterns, water availability, and other environmental factors. Within this framework, we examine evidence from existing empirical literature to compose an initial picture of household-level strategies for adapting to climate change in rural settings. We find that although households possess numerous strategies for managing climate shocks and shifts, their adaptive capacity is insufficient for the task of maintaining - let alone improving - household welfare. We describe the role of public policy in fortifying the ability of rural households to adapt to a changing climate.
Subjects:climate change
rural households
adaptation
risk-coping mechanisms
long-term effects
JEL:Q12
Q54
O13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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