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The end of seasonality ? new insights from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper revisits the extent of seasonality in African livelihoods, which has disappeared from Africaapos;s development debate. Through econometric analysis of monthly food price series across 100 locations in three countries during 2000-12, it is shown that seasonal movements in maize wholesale prices explain 20 (Tanzania, Uganda) to 40 (Malawi) percent of their monthly volatility. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6907 JUN 01, 2014

Kaminski, Jonathan; Christiaensen, Luc; Gilbert, Christopher L.

Post-harvest loss in Sub-Saharan Africa -- what do farmers say ? (English)

The 2007-2008 global food crisis has renewed interest in post-harvest loss, but estimates remain scarce, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper uses self-reported measures from nationally representative household surveys in Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6831 APR 01, 2014

Kaminski, Jonathan; Christiaensen, Luc

Africaapos;s pulse (English)

This Africaapos;s pulse newsletter includes the following headings: economic prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa remain strong, but growth is vulnerable to a sharp decline in commodity prices; the regionapos;s progress on reducing poverty has been slow, hindered by high inequality; and faster reduction in poverty will require growth with equity. ... See More +

Newsletter 81684 OCT 01, 2013

Chuhan-Pole, Punam; Christiaensen, Luc; Dennis, Allen; Kambou, Gerard; Angwafo, Manka; Buitano, Mapi; Korman, Vijdan; Pardo, Camila Galindo; Sanoh, Aly

Child growth, shocks, and food aid in rural Ethiopia (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Child growth, shocks, and food aid in rural Ethiopia, conducted between 1995 and 1996 in Ethiopia. ... See More +

Brief 81213 AUG 14, 2013

Yamano, Takashi; Alderman, Harold; Christiaensen, Luc

Poverty reduction during the rural-urban transformation : the role of the missing middle (English)

As countries develop, they restructure away from agriculture and urbanize. But structural transformation and urbanization patterns differ substantially, with some countries fostering migration out of agriculture into rural off farm activities and secondary towns, and others undergoing rapid agglomeration in mega cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6445 MAY 01, 2013

Christiaensen, Luc; Todo, Yasuyuki

Urbanization and poverty reduction -- the role of rural diversification and secondary towns (English)

A rather unique panel tracking more than 3,300 individuals from households in rural Kagera, Tanzania during 1991/4-2010 shows that about one in two individuals/households who exited poverty did so by transitioning from agriculture into the rural nonfarm economy or secondary towns. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6422 APR 01, 2013

Christiaensen, Luc; De Weerdt, Joachim; Todo, Yasuyuki

On the fungibility of spending and earnings -- evidence from rural China and Tanzania (English)

A common behavioral assumption of micro-economic theory is that income is fungible. Using household panel data from rural China and Tanzania, this study finds however that people are more likely to spend unearned income on less basic consumption goods such as alcohol and tobacco, non-staple food, transportation and communication, and clothing, while they are somewhat more likely to spend earned income on basic consumption goods such as staple food, and invest it in education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6298 DEC 01, 2012

Christiaensen , Luc; Pan, Lei

Greening Chinaapos;s rural energy : new insights on the potential of smallholder biogas (English)

Clean, safe energy for rural areas is an important component of green growth and sustainable development. Biogas could be an important contributor, if its record in reality lives up to its expected potential. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6102 JUN 01, 2012

Christiaensen, Luc; Heltberg, Rasmus

The role of agriculture in a modernizing society : food, farms, and fields in China 2030 (English)

Chinaapos;s success in addressing food problem after adopting the reforms in 1978 has been nothing less than remarkable. Grain output (rice, wheat and maize) has almost doubled and most hunger has been eliminated. ... See More +

Working Paper 77367 MAY 01, 2012

Christiaensen, Luc

Rising to the rice challenge : a perspective from East Asia (English)

Higher and more volatile world grain prices are the new realities of today, and tomorrow. This note explores some of the steps East Asia needs to take to rise to the challenge this poses. ... See More +

Brief 67899 JAN 01, 2012

Christiaensen, Luc

Family planning and fertility : estimating program effects using cross-sectional data (English)

Although reproductive health advocates consider family planning programs the intervention of choice to reduce fertility, there remains a great deal of skepticism among economists as to their effectiveness, despite little rigorous evidence to support either position. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5812 SEP 01, 2011

Portner, Claus C; Beegle, Kathleen; Christiaensen, Luc

Small area estimation-based prediction methods to track poverty : validation and applications (English)

Tracking poverty is predicated on the availability of comparable consumption data and reliable price deflators. However, regular series of strictly comparable data are only rarely available. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5683 JUN 01, 2011

Christiaensen, Luc; Lanjouw, Peter; Luoto, Jill; Stifel, David

Who is vouching for the input voucher ? decentralized targeting and elite capture in Tanzania (English)

Input subsidy programs carry support as instruments to increase agricultural productivity, provided they are market-smart. This requires especially proper targeting to contain the fiscal pressure, with decentralized targeting of input vouchers currently the instrument of choice. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5651 MAY 01, 2011

Pan, Lei; Christiaensen, Luc

Natural disasters and household welfare : evidence from Vietnam (English)

As natural disasters hit with increasing frequency, especially in coastal areas, it is imperative to better understand how much natural disasters affect economies and their people. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5491 DEC 01, 2010

Thomas, Timothy; Christiaensen, Luc; Do, Quy Toan; Trung, Le Dang

Natural disasters and growth - going beyond the averages (English)

There has been a steady increase in the occurrence of natural disasters. Yet their effect on economic growth remains unclear, with some studies reporting negative, and others indicating no, or even positive effects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4980 JUN 01, 2009

Loayza, Norman; Olaberria, Eduardo; Rigolini, Jamele; Christiaensen, Luc

Rising food prices in East Asia : challenges and policy options (English)

Large increases in international food prices in 2007 and early 2008 have become a key concern for policy makers in East Asia. The increases are likely to have a significant impact on the living standards of many, particularly the poor. ... See More +

Policy Note 44998 MAY 01, 2008

Brahmbhatt, Milan; Christiaensen, Luc

Gauging the welfare effects of shocks in rural Tanzania (English)

Studies of risk and its consequences tend to focus on one risk factor, such as a drought or an economic crisis. Yet 2003 household surveys in rural Kilimanjaro and Ruvuma, two cash-crop-growing regions in Tanzania that experienced a precipitous coffee price decline around the turn of the millennium, identified health and drought shocks as well as commodity price declines as major risk factors, suggesting the need for a comprehensive approach to analyzing household vulnerability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4406 NOV 01, 2007

Christiaensen, Luc; Hoffmann, Vivian; Sarris, Alexander

Consumption risk, technology adoption, and poverty traps : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

Much has been written on the determinants of input and technology adoption in agriculture, with issues such as input availability, knowledge and education, risk preferences, profitability, and credit constraints receiving much attention. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4257 JUN 01, 2007

Dercon, Stefan; Christiaensen, Luc

Tracking poverty over time in the absence of comparable consumption data (English)

Following the endorsement by the international community of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), there has been an increasing demand for practical methods for steadily tracking poverty. ... See More +

Journal Article 77547 MAY 01, 2007

Stifel, David; Christiaensen, Luc

Down to earth : agriculture and poverty reduction in Africa (English)

This book contributes to the debate about the role of agriculture in poverty reduction by addressing three sets of questions: Does investing in agriculture enhance/harm overall economic growth, and if so, under what conditions? ... See More +

Publication 38781 JAN 01, 2007

Christiaensen, Luc; Demery, Lionel

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The end of seasonality ? new insights from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6907 Policy Research Working Paper
Post-harvest loss in Sub-Saharan Africa -- what do farmers say ? (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6831 Policy Research Working Paper
Africaapos;s pulse (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 81684 Newsletter
Child growth, shocks, and food aid in rural Ethiopia (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81213 Brief
Poverty reduction during the rural-urban transformation : the role of the missing middle (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 WPS6445 Policy Research Working Paper
Urbanization and poverty reduction -- the role of rural diversification and secondary towns (English)
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APR 01, 2013 WPS6422 Policy Research Working Paper
On the fungibility of spending and earnings -- evidence from rural China and Tanzania (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 WPS6298 Policy Research Working Paper
Greening Chinaapos;s rural energy : new insights on the potential of smallholder biogas (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6102 Policy Research Working Paper
The role of agriculture in a modernizing society : food, farms, and fields in China 2030 (English)
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MAY 01, 2012 77367 Working Paper
Rising to the rice challenge : a perspective from East Asia (English)
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JAN 01, 2012 67899 Brief
Family planning and fertility : estimating program effects using cross-sectional data (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 WPS5812 Policy Research Working Paper
Small area estimation-based prediction methods to track poverty : validation and applications (English)
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JUN 01, 2011 WPS5683 Policy Research Working Paper
Who is vouching for the input voucher ? decentralized targeting and elite capture in Tanzania (English)
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MAY 01, 2011 WPS5651 Policy Research Working Paper
Natural disasters and household welfare : evidence from Vietnam (English)
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DEC 01, 2010 WPS5491 Policy Research Working Paper
Natural disasters and growth - going beyond the averages (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4980 Policy Research Working Paper
Rising food prices in East Asia : challenges and policy options (English)
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MAY 01, 2008 44998 Policy Note
Gauging the welfare effects of shocks in rural Tanzania (English)
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NOV 01, 2007 WPS4406 Policy Research Working Paper
Consumption risk, technology adoption, and poverty traps : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 01, 2007 WPS4257 Policy Research Working Paper
Tracking poverty over time in the absence of comparable consumption data (English)
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MAY 01, 2007 77547 Journal Article
Down to earth : agriculture and poverty reduction in Africa (English)
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JAN 01, 2007 38781 Publication