Dr. Kaleab Haile

Essays on Rural Household Decision-Making Under Climate Risk

Year: 2020

Lonneke Nillesen & Nyasha Tirivayi


In the poverty reduction discourse, a growing attention has been devoted to correctly include considerations related to rural households' capacity to cope with and adapt to the effects of climate change. The main aim of this dissertation is to provide a broader understanding of the changes in rural households’ production and consumption decisions that determine their immediate and future income generating capacities in response to climate shocks and climate risk management strategies. In this respect, the three empirical chapters of the dissertation examine the impact pathways in the risk–welfare nexus, and identify policy-related drivers for adoption of climate-smart agricultural innovations and high-risk high-return agricultural technologies. As such, the dissertation sheds light on policy options to enhance the capacity of rural households to manage climate shocks without sacrificing their investments in human, physical and natural capital.

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Selected publications by Kaleab Haile

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Haile, Kaleab, 2021, `Cash Transfers, Negative Rainfall Shocks and Child Welfare in Ethiopia, Journal of African Economies, More information
Haile, Kaleab, Eleonora Nillesen & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2020, `Impact of formal climate risk transfer mechanisms on risk-aversion: Empirical evidence from rural Ethiopia, World Development, 130, More information
Haile, Kaleab, Nyasha Tirivayi & Wondimagegn Tesfaye, 2019, `Farmers’ willingness to accept payments for ecosystem services on agricultural land: The case of climate-smart agroforestry in Ethiopia, Ecosystem Services, 39, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Haile, Kaleab, Nyasha Tirivayi & Eleonora Nillesen, 2019, Climate shocks, coping responses and gender gap in human development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-052
Chongcharoentanawat, Patima, Kaleab Haile, Bart Kleine Deters, Tamara A. Kool & Victor Osei Kwadwo, 2016, The affordability of the Sustainable Development Goals: A myth or reality?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-027

External working papers
Haile, Kaleab, Eleonora Nillesen & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2019, Impact of Formal Climate Risk Transfer Mechanisms on Risk-Aversion: Empirical Evidence from Rural Ethiopia, More information

Haile, Kaleab, 2020, Essays on Rural Household Decision-Making under Climate Risk, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University