Gender and Climate Change in Latin America: An analysis of vulnerability, adaptation and resilience based on household surveys


This paper analyzes gender differences in vulnerability and resilience to shocks, including climate change and climate variability, for Peru, Brazil and Mexico, which together account for more than half the population in Latin America. Vulnerability and resilience indicators are measured by a combination of the level of household incomes per capita and the degree of diversification of these incomes. Thus, households which simultaneously have incomes which are below the national poverty line and which are poorly diversified (Diversification Index below 0.5) are classified as highly vulnerable, whereas households which have highly diversified incomes above the poverty line are classified as highly resilient. The analysis shows that female headed households in all three countries tend to be less vulnerable and more resilient than male headed households, despite the fact that the former usually have lower education levels.

This Working Paper has been published in the Journal of International Development as:

Andersen, L. E., Verner, D., and Wiebelt, M. (2016) Gender and Climate Change in Latin America: An Analysis of Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience Based on Household Surveys. Journal of International Development, doi: 10.1002/jid.3259.

This is the accepted version of the article available at: The working paper may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Wiley Self-Archiving Policy [ ].

Working Paper N° 08/2014

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