Understanding Declining Mobility and Inter-Household Transfers among East African Pastoralists
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Christopher B. Barrett
Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management
John G. McPeak
Syracuse University - Department of Economics
Economica, Vol. 76, No. 302, pp. 315-336, April 2009
We model inter-household transfers between nomadic livestock herders as the state-dependent consequence of individuals' strategic interdependence, resulting from the existence of multiple, opposing externalitiesmore specifically, a public-good security externality among individuals sharing a social (e.g. ethnic) identity in a potentially hostile environment, and a resource appropriation externality related to the use of common property grazing lands. Our model augments the extant literature on transfers, and is more consistent with the limited available empirical evidence on heterogeneous and changing transfers' patterns among east African pastoralists. The core principles of our model possibly apply more broadly, for example to long-distance migrants or even foot soldiers in street gangs.
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Date posted: April 27, 2009
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