War Legacies and Livelihoods in Rural Areas: The Case of Kosovo

Dourain, Elodie, Litchfield, Julie and Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel (2012) War Legacies and Livelihoods in Rural Areas: The Case of Kosovo. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 63 (1). pp. 201-222. ISSN 0021-857X

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This article examines the effects of war on livelihood choices and welfare outcomes of rural households in Kosovo using the 2000 Kosovo Living Standards Measurement Survey. We analyse the extent of the legacy of war on livelihood activities and welfare. We first identify livelihood portfolio clusters of households pursuing similar combinations of activities. These clusters are comparable to those described in more qualitative studies in the immediate post-conflict period. We then examine the determinants of livelihood portfolio choice and the consequences of these for welfare outcomes. Our results provide evidence of a relationship between a household’s experience of war and livelihood choice. We also identify significant selection effects on welfare for three out of four livelihood clusters, highlighting the fact that selecting into a specific livelihood portfolio changes welfare relative to expected levels. Our results show that war not only affects livelihood choices but also changes the returns to these activities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Institute of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 15:03
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:12
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38846
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