Drought and human migration in rural Ethiopia

Type Journal Article - Population Association of America
Title Drought and human migration in rural Ethiopia
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 0-0
URL paa2011.princeton.edu/download.aspx?submissionId=110263
Significant discussion has focused on the possibility that climate change will displace large numbers of migrants in the developing world, but few multivariate studies have addressed this issue. We use a unique longitudinal dataset from the Ethiopian highlands to investigate the effects of multiple measures of drought on the labor and marriage-related mobility of men and women over a ten-year period. The results indicate that mens labor migration increases with drought and that land-poor households are most vulnerable. However, marriage-related moves by women decrease with drought, suggesting a hybrid narrative of environmentally-induced migration that recognizes multiple dimensions of adaptation to environmental change.

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