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How do Pacific Island households and communities cope with seasonally absent members?

Rohorua, Halahingano and Gibson, John and McKenzie, David and Martinez, Pilar G (2009) How do Pacific Island households and communities cope with seasonally absent members? Pacific Economic Bulletin, 24 (3). pp. 19-38. ISSN 0817-8038

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Abstract

Households and communities in the Pacific islands are increasingly likely to have some of their most productive members regularly absent due to growing opportunities for seasonal work abroad. If these absences are costly for the family left behind, the net development benefits of seasonal migration will be less than what they appear from remittances and repatriated foreign earnings, and there might be a role for government policies in host and source countries to mitigate some of the effects of absence. This article provides the first evidence of how Pacific island households and communities are affected by and cope with seasonal absences. We find that Tongan households have succeeded in mitigating many of the potential adverse effects associated with seasonal separation of members, whereas households from Vanuatu with members participating in the RSE appear to have suffered some shortterm costs in terms of diet and health.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Generic Email
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 15:16
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 15:16
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10574
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