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2012-01-15 | Peer Reviewed

Household-Level Consumption in Urban Ethiopia: The Effects of a Large Food Price Shock

Alem, Yonas and Måns Söderbom. 2013. “Household-Level Consumption in Urban Ethiopia: The Effects of a Large Food Price Shock.” World Development 40:1: 146-162.
Download reference Doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.04.020

We use survey data to investigate how urban households in Ethiopia coped with the food price shock in 2008. Qualitative data indicate that the high food price inflation was by far the most adverse economic shock between 2004 and 2008, and that a significant proportion of households had to adjust food consumption in response. Regression results indicate that households with low asset levels, and casual workers, were particularly adversely affected by high food prices. We interpret the results as pointing to the importance of growth in the formal sector so as to generate more well-paid and stable jobs.