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The Welfare Cost of Climatic Variability: A Subjective Well-Being Approach
RFF Internal Seminar
Yonas Alem, University of Gothenburg 
Using a unique dataset combined of two rounds of panel data from rural Ethiopia - a country categorised as highly vulnerable to climate change and variability - and a new dataset containing 33 years of daily atmospheric parameters, we investigate the impact of climate variability on the subjective well-being of farmers. Reduced-form results from alternative nonlinear and linear panel data models indicate that increased risk, based on historical rainfall variability, significantly reduces subjective well-being. In contrast to previous studies, and in line with a more recent school of thought, we observe that long-run climate averages have no effect on subjective well-being. Policies that reduce dependence on rain-fed agriculture, improve the ability of farmers to deal with climatic risk, and provide credible insurance may be welfare enhancing.
Friday, March 22, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
7th Floor Conference Room
1616 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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