Climate change and economic growth in a rain-fed economy: how much does rainfall variability cost Ethiopia?

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Seid Nuru Ali (Dr.)


Climate change may impact economic growth through rainfall variability. This paper, using a simple growth model, demonstrates that the adverse impact of rainfall variability on economic growth depends on the rate of ex- pansion of the amplitude of rainfall variability and frequency of occurrence of extreme events. A co-integration analysis using time series data from Ethiopia shows both inter-annual and within-annual rainfall variations have negative efect on growth. Simulation results on the forgone growth due to rainfall variability for the last five decades implied that mitigation and adap- tation strategies towards climate change that reduce the impact of rainfall variability would put Ethiopia on a higher trajectory of growth.

Corporate Author:Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEA/EEPRI)
Publisher:Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEA/EEPRI)
Primary Descriptors:

Sustainable development;

Secondary Descriptor:Climatic changes – Economic aspects

Geographic Descriptors:Ethiopia
Cataloge Date:03/02/2013
Broad Subject heading:Economic development
Call Number:WPN 3/2012
Serial Key Title:EEA/EEPRI working paper
Publication catagory:Working paper
Content type:EEA Publication
Publication date:2013-02-02 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date:2013-03-02 00:00:00
PDF file: WP 3 2012_Seid Nuru Ali_Clmate change and economic growth in a rain fed economy how much does rainfall variability cost Ethiopia.pdf
Place of publication:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material:Periodical
Author: Seid Nuru Ali (Dr.).

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