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Shocks and Coping in Sub-Saharan Africa (Inglês)

Despite the fact that economic shocks are widely perceived to be important facets of life for many households in sub-Saharan Africa, with important implications for well-being and poverty, data on the prevalence of shocks and the strategies by which households cope are lacking. By including shocks modules in its household questionnaires, the living standard measurement study-integrated surveys on agriculture (LSMS-ISA) project fills this gap by collecting comparable data on shocks across a national sample of urban and rural households in five African countries. Data from surveys from five African countries, paint a picture of the shocks that households experience, and how the responses to these shocks can entail negative consequences such as asset loss, reduced nutrition, and impacts on human capital. The data shows that protection against risk remains inadequate, and coping with shocks relies almost exclusively on informal mechanisms.

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