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Type Report
Title Who is most vulnerable to macroeconomic shocks? Hypotheses tests using panel data from Peru
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1995
URL http://econpapers.repec.org/RePEc:fth:wobali:117
This paper attempts to answer the question: Who is most vulnerable to declines in welfare during a macroeconomic shock? After clarifying the difference between poverty and vulnerability, an analytical framework is presented and then applied to household panel data from Peru. Major findings are: (a) households with better educated heads are less vulnerable; (b) female headed households are not more vulnerable to declines than male headed households; (c) households with more children are more vulnerable to macroeconomic shocks; and (d) transfer networks that may assist the poor in relatively stable periods do not appear to protect them during a major shock, with the exception of transfers that originate from outside Peru.

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