This research project addresses how various risk factors in developing countries impact individual behavior and subsequent welfare. In an increasingly interconnected world, people face a multitude of economic, social, environmental, and political risks, with shocks often interdependent and occurring simultaneously. This project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the consequences of such shock experiences from a micro-level perspective.
The analysis, which will be based on the existing literature that addresses the reactions to and effects of selected shocks, will combine exceptionally detailed household survey with disaster event data from Indonesia and Colombia, two countries exposed to recent natural and human-induced shocks. State-of-the-art econometric techniques allow addressing some of the open methodological issues in the field and will lead to a comprehensive and comparative study of post-shock coping strategies and its welfare implications.
The project will be implemented at the Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille II (UnivMed), which has a strong focus on quantitative development economics and, moreover, provides an outstanding pool of econometric knowledge that is critical for the successful implementation of this methodologically demanding research. The researcher will use the fellowship to further deepen his research capacities, to expand his management and organizational skills, and to gain teaching and supervision experience, all of which contributes to the achievement of his career goals in academia.
Finally, from a European policy perspective, the project aims at guiding social policies in alleviating the consequences of adverse shocks on poor households. Based on evidence-driven insights, the outcomes of this project should help to efficiently design European aid and cooperation policies, on which many billion Euros are spent each year.
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