Climate shocks

Overview: The Department
Department
Research Group Sustainable Development

Research Area

Climate shocks


Research profile

This research field investigates the impact of climate shocks on households in developing countries. It explores how households insure against climate shocks ex ante and how households cope with shocks ex post. Moreover, it investigates how risk perceptions and access to weather forecasts affect households' risk management. The work particularly tackles the link between climate shocks and poverty dynamics, both within and across households. For instance, the team investigates if climate shocks affect the health, nutritional status, and education of household members in the same way. Furthermore, it analyzes if climate shocks increase economic inequality across households and trap groups of households in poverty. This research field also explores if climate shocks are a trigger for migration. The methodological approach consists of the econometric analysis of household survey data from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The research team currently consucts a household panel survey in Mongolia in a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).