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Record number 434583
Title Rural Poverty Dynamics in Kenya: Structural Declines and Stochastic Escapes
Author(s) Radeny, M.A.O.; Berg, M.M. van den; Schipper, R.A.
Source World Development 40 (2012)8. - ISSN 0305-750X - p. 1577 - 1593.
Department(s) Development Economics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) south-africa - household poverty - 36 villages - poor - countries - growth - uganda - traps - india - time
Abstract We use panel survey data and household event-histories to explore patterns of rural poverty dynamics in Kenya over the period 2000–2009. We find substantial mobility across poverty categories using economic transition matrices. Drawing on asset-based approaches, we distinguish stochastic from structural poverty transitions. Few households successfully escaped poverty through asset accumulation (up to 35% of the upwardly mobile), while a large proportion of households (up to 66%) declining into poverty experienced structural transitions. Using household event-histories, we find significant differences across structural poverty transition classes in livelihood strategies, household-level shocks, and other factors.
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