Poverty, Rural Population Distribution and Climate Change

Barbier, E.B. and J.P. Hochard. 2018. Environment and Development Economics 23, Special Issue 3 (Poverty and Climate Change):234-256. DOI.org/10.1017/S1355770X17000353

Posted: 30 Jul 2018

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Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Jacob P. Hochard

University of Wyoming

Date Written: July 8, 2018

Abstract

Our spatial analysis indicates that in 2000 over one third of the rural population in developing countries was located on less favored agricultural land and areas, which are constrained by biophysical conditions or poor market access. We examine whether these spatial distributions of rural population in 2000 influence subsequent changes in the rate of poverty from 2000 to 2012 in 83 developing countries.Wefind no evidence of a direct impact on changes in poverty, but there is a significant indirect impact via the elasticity of poverty reduction with respect to growth. If climate change leads to more people concentrated in these areas, or an increase in unfavorable agricultural regions, then the poverty-reducing impact of overall per capita income growth could be further weakened. Reducing poverty will require targeting rural populations in less favored lands and remote areas and encouraging out-migration.

Keywords: climate change, developing countries, less favored areas, population distribution, poverty, spatial analysis

JEL Classification: Q56, Q54

Suggested Citation

Barbier, Edward B. and Hochard, Jacob P., Poverty, Rural Population Distribution and Climate Change (July 8, 2018). Barbier, E.B. and J.P. Hochard. 2018. Environment and Development Economics 23, Special Issue 3 (Poverty and Climate Change):234-256. DOI.org/10.1017/S1355770X17000353. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3210364

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

Jacob P. Hochard

University of Wyoming

Box 3434 University Station
Laramie, WY 82070
United States

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