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Resilience thresholds to temperature shocks in rural Tanzania: a long-run assessment

Marco d'Errico (), Marco Letta, Pierluigi Montalbano and Rebecca Pietrelli ()

No 2/18, Working Papers from Sapienza University of Rome, DISS

Abstract: The study of household resilience is a key issue in development economics. This paper adds to the literature by exploring the role of resilience in mediating the relationship between food consumption growth and temperature shocks. To make up for the lack of long micro panels, we generate a synthetic panel for rural Tanzania covering the time span 2000 – 2013. Our main contribution is the identification of resilience thresholds below which households are unable to absorb the negative effects of temperature shocks. These thresholds have important implications for adaptation to climate change in developing countries and, more generally, significant consequences for policy-makers and intervention design.

Keywords: Resilience thresholds; Food security; Household growth; Temperature shocks; Climate change. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 O12 Q12 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-dev and nep-env
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