Household responses to adverse income shocks in Latin America
Alejandro Gaviria ()
Informes de InvestigaciÃ³n from Fedesarrollo
Abstract: This paper uses a new data set to study household responses to adverse income shocks in seven Latin American countries. The results show (i) that households respond to income shocks mainly by increasing their abor force participation, selling assets, and cutting on human capital investments, (ii) that poor households are most likely to be affected by adverse income shocks, and (iii) that lower-middle class households are more likely to cut back human capital investments and moving abroad when faced with an adverse income shock. Taken together, these results offer ample justification for publicly funded safety nets targeted at the poor.
Keywords: Ingresos de Hogares; Pobreza; ReducciÃ³n de la Pobreza; ParticipaciÃ³n Laboral; Capital Humano; AmÃ©rica Latina (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America (2011)
Journal Article: Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America (2002)
Working Paper: Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America (2001)
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