Title
Economic mobility in rural Rwanda : a study of the long term effects of war and genocide at the household level Economic mobility in rural Rwanda : a study of the long term effects of war and genocide at the household level
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Journal of African economies. - Oxford
Volume/pages
16(2007) :3 , p. 349-392
ISSN
0963-8024
1464-3723
ISI
000247529900001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
We study welfare gains and losses in a sample of 188 rural households in two Rwandan provinces over the time span 19902002. Our sample is unique because it covers a period of extreme and widespread violence.Using an economic mobility analysis, we seek to identify the impact of the shocks of thewar, the genocide and their aftermath on long-term household welfare. To measure economic mobility between 1990 and 2002, we use both net income per adult equivalent and an asset index. We find that households experiencing the murder or imprisonment of one of their members moved considerably downwards in the income distribution. However, households affected by other war-related shocks such as the number of months taken refuge and the loss of physical capitalwere not worse off in 2002 comparedwith other households.
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