Livelihood Strategies in the Rural Kenyan Highlands

African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2006

Posted: 24 May 2011

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Douglas R. Brown

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Emma C. Stephens

Claremont Colleges - Pitzer College

James Okuro Ouma

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Festus Murithi

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Date Written: December 1, 2006

Abstract

The concept of a livelihood strategy has become central to development practice in recent years. Nonetheless, precise identification of livelihoods in quantitative data has remained methodologically elusive. This paper uses cluster analysis to operationalise the concept of livelihood strategies in household data, then uses the resulting strategy-specific income distributions to test whether outcome differences exist between livelihoods. Using data from Kenya’s central and western highlands, five distinct livelihood strategies that exhibit statistically significant differences in mean per capita incomes and stochastic dominance orderings that establish clear welfare rankings among livelihood strategies were identified. Multinomial regression analysis finds geographic, demographic and financial determinants of livelihood choice.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Douglas R. and Stephens, Emma C. and Ouma, James Okuro and Murithi, Festus and Barrett, Christopher B., Livelihood Strategies in the Rural Kenyan Highlands (December 1, 2006). African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1846849

Douglas R. Brown

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Emma C. Stephens

Claremont Colleges - Pitzer College ( email )

1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

James Okuro Ouma

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Festus Murithi

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) ( email )

Makindu
Kenya

Christopher B. Barrett (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management ( email )

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Ithaca, NY 14853-7801
United States
607-255-4489 (Phone)
607-255-9984 (Fax)

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