Informal associations, shocks, and household food consumption: panel data estimation from rural Nigeria

Efobi, Uchenna, Atata, Scholastica Ngozi and Ajefu, Joseph (2020) Informal associations, shocks, and household food consumption: panel data estimation from rural Nigeria. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 12 (1). pp. 38-53. ISSN 1943-9342

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Abstract

We use the three-waves panel data for households in rural Nigeria from the General Household Surveys (GHS), which is part of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA), to investigate how informal associations help households that are exposed to adverse shocks in smoothing their food consumption. We find that informal associations help to improve the percentage of food expenditure and dietary diversity of households who are members compared to those non-member households. Moreover, we investigate potential mechanisms through which these relationships hold, and we find that households are able to borrow from both the association and other individuals who may be members of similar networks. Our results are robust to different specifications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cooperatives, informal associations, Nigeria, shocks, rural economy
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
L100 Economics
N100 Business studies
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 14:30
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 14:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43946

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