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Internal Migration and Vulnerability to Poverty in Tanzania

Pietrelli, Rebecca and Scaramozzino, Pasquale (2016) Internal Migration and Vulnerability to Poverty in Tanzania. London: Centre for Financial and Management Studies Discussion Paper; 133.

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Abstract

This paper investigates internal migration and vulnerability to poverty in Tanzania. It examines whether migration reduced household vulnerability to poverty for a panel of households from the Kagera region over the period 2004-2010. The dataset allows the analysis of two samples of households: those with the same head in the periods considered and an enlarged network of split-off households. The potential endogeneity of migration is controlled by both matching methods and an exogenous variation. A severe drought in 2008-09 affected the areas of the country with a bimodal rain season, but not those with a unimodal rain season. It is thus possible to study the heterogeneity of migrants with respect to an unanticipated shock in the region of destination. The evidence shows that migration reduced vulnerability to basic needs and to food consumption poverty for families which experienced migration to unimodal regions. The results are consistent with migration as a risk management strategy by households.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Working Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management > Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Pasquale Scaramozzino
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2016 16:36
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23195

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