Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106336
Authors: 
Andersen, Lykke E.
Doyle, Anna Sophia
Verner, Dorte
Wiebelt, Manfred
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Development Research Working Paper Series 07/2014
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes gender and ethnic differences in vulnerability and resilience to external shocks and stresses in Mexico. Vulnerability and resilience are measured by a combination of the level of household incomes per capita and the degree of diversification of these incomes. Thus, households which have poorly diversified incomes falling below the national poverty line are classified as highly vulnerable, whereas households which have highly diversified incomes above the poverty line are classified as highly resilient. The analysis shows that both gender and ethnicity are almost irrelevant as explanatory factors of vulnerability whereas education levels, dependency ratios and the age of the head of household are very important. Determining the true factors that affect vulnerability is important in order to devise effective policies to reduce vulnerability.
Subjects: 
livelihood diversification
resilience
vulnerability
external shocks
gender
ethnicity
Mexico
JEL: 
D13
I32
O54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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