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Disquiet on the weather front : the welfare impacts of climatic variability in the rural Philippines, Volume 1
 
Author:Safir, Abla; Piza, Sharon Faye; Skoufias, Emmanuel; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6579
Country:Philippines; Date Stored:2013/08/20
Document Date:2013/08/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Water Conservation; Regional Economic Development; Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases; Climate Change Economics; Science of Climate ChangeLanguage:English
Region:East Asia and PacificReport Number:WPS6579
Volume No:1  

Summary: Three recent rounds (2003, 2006, and 2009) of the Family Income and Expenditure Survey are matched to rainfall data from 43 rainfall stations in the Philippines to quantify the extent to which unusual weather has any negative effects on the consumption of Filipino households. It is found that negative rainfall shocks decrease consumption, in particular food consumption. Rainfall below one standard deviation of its long-run average causes food consumption to decrease by about 4 percent, when compared with rainfall within one standard deviation. Positive deviations above one standard deviation have a limited impact. Moreover, for households close to a highway or to a fixed-line phone, consumption appears to be fully protected from the impact of negative rainfall shocks.

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