Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27 Scopus citations


Household-level impacts of environmental shocks are often negative, but may vary considerably due to heterogeneous vulnerability. This paper considers how differential vulnerability among households affects inequality within rural communities in Ethiopia. This study makes novel use of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and a NASA agro-climatology dataset. Results show that rainfall deficits have an equalizing effect on within-community livestock inequality in parts of Ethiopia, but regional differences are observed. A non-significant effect is observed with respect to asset inequality. As an initial study on this topic, this paper outlines an agenda for future data collection and analysis efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-193
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Development
StatePublished - Dec 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this