Drought and Population Mobility in Rural Ethiopia

Gray, Clark L.; & Mueller, Valerie. (2012). Drought and Population Mobility in Rural Ethiopia. World Development, 40(1), 134-45. PMCID: PMC3328858

Gray, Clark L.; & Mueller, Valerie. (2012). Drought and Population Mobility in Rural Ethiopia. World Development, 40(1), 134-45. PMCID: PMC3328858

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Significant attention has focused on the possibility that climate change will displace large populations in the developing world, but few multivariate studies have investigated climate-induced migration. We use event history methods and a unique longitudinal dataset from the rural Ethiopian highlands to investigate the effects of drought on population mobility over a 10-year period. The results indicate that men’s labor migration increases with drought and that land-poor households are the most vulnerable. However, marriage-related moves by women also decrease with drought. These findings suggest a hybrid narrative of environmentally-induced migration that recognizes multiple dimensions of adaptation to environmental change.


Population Movement, Diversity, Inequality
Population and Environment


JOUR



Gray, Clark L.
Mueller, Valerie



2012


World Development

40

1

134-45








PMC3328858


5139

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