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Household vulnerability on the frontline of climate change: the Pacific atoll nation of Tuvalu

Taupo, Tauisi and Cuffe, Harold and Noy, Ilan (2018) Household vulnerability on the frontline of climate change: the Pacific atoll nation of Tuvalu. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 20 (4). pp. 705-739. ISSN 1432-847X

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the vulnerability of households to climatic disasters in the low-lying atoll nation of Tuvalu. Small Island Developing States, particularly the atoll nations, are the most vulnerable to climatic change, and in particular to sea-level rise and its associated risks. Using the most recent household surveys available, we construct poverty and hardship profiles for households on the different islands of Tuvalu, and combine these with geographic and topographic information to assess the exposure differentials among different groups using spatial econometric models. Besides the observation that poor households are more vulnerable to negative shocks because they lack the resources to respond, we also find that they are also more likely to reside in areas highly exposed to disasters (closer to the coasts and at lower elevation) and have less ability to migrate (between and within the islands).

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
    Depositing User: Tauisi Taupo
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 15:15
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 15:15
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10999
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