Gender, weather shocks and welfare: evidence from Malawi

Asfaw, Solomon and Maggio, Giuseppe (2017) Gender, weather shocks and welfare: evidence from Malawi. Journal of Development Studies. ISSN 0022-0388

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Abstract

This paper explores the gender-differentiated effects of weather shocks on households’ welfare in Malawi using panel data aligned with climatic records. Results show that temperature shocks severely affect household welfare, reducing consumption, food consumption and daily caloric intake. The negative welfare effects are more severe for households where land is solely managed by women, a finding that sheds light on the gender-unequal impact of temperature shocks. Our evidence also suggests that women’s vulnerability to temperature shocks is linked to women’s land tenure security, as temperature shocks impact significantly women’s welfare only in patrilineal districts, where statistics show that investment in agricultural technologies is lower.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Climate change, welfare, rainfall shocks, impact, gender, Malawi
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0251 Wealth Including distribution of wealth
Depositing User: Giuseppe Maggio
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66105

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