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Title:Determinants of rural income: the role of geography and institutions in Kenya
Authors:Radeny, Maren
Bulte, ErwinISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Volume:21
Issue:2
Pages:307-341
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:income distribution
rural households
External link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/21/2/307.full.pdf
Abstract:The authors revisit the debate about the root causes of income divergence, and ask whether geographical variables or institutions are the main determinants of income. Complementing earlier cross-country work, they focus on the local level and seek to explain within-country income differences. Analysing household data from Kenya, they find that certain geographical variables appear to be more important drivers of per capita income levels than local institutions. Once the authors control for geography, their measures of community-level institutions do not seem to explain within-Kenya differences in income. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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