Asset transfers

Paper: Coping with COVID-19 shocks in rural Nepal

This study examined shocks experienced by rural Nepali households during the COVID-19 pandemic and the results include that households mostly relied on credit, asset sales and savings to protect consumption, and that beneficiaries of a livestock livelihood program were 6 percentage points less likely to take out new loans as a means to cope.

Paper: Aspirations Failure and Formation in Rural Nepal

The lack and drive of aspiration has gained the attention of economists as a behavioral constraint to future-oriented behavior and investment. The research team explores the empirical evidence relating to aspirations and determine if the social phenomenon can stimulate development or reinforce poverty.

Paper: Targeted Social Protection in a Pastoralist Economy: Case Study from Kenya

Social protection programs are designed to help vulnerable populations—including pastoralists—maintain a basic level of wellbeing, manage risk, and cope with negative shocks. The research team uses evidence-based to understand the poverty dynamics in the pastoralist-based economy of northern Kenya’s arid and semi arid lands as a case study to discuss and compare the observed impacts of two different social protection schemes on heterogeneous pastoralist households.

Presentation: Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies

About 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty.  With labor being their only outlet, understanding the link between labor market choices and poverty is key to poverty reduction. This presentation took place in Washington DC, United States on June 29, 2016 by BRAC.