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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 A simple method for scoring housing conditions as income proxy in Ethiopia


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 A simple method for scoring housing conditions as income proxy in Ethiopia Mauro Ghirotti Introduction of the Central Highlands, and the Hadere and the Dankil of the Rift Valley, as well as in Wealth is a major indicator of the distribution Zambia in 1986-87 among the Ila, the Tonga of resources within a community and and the Lozi. It was also tested in Sidamo, consequently a major determinant of social Southern Ethiopia, among the Sidamo and and cultural differences. Land and livestock Guji people in 1988. ownership, as well as production strategies, The house classification is based on a few particularly husbandry practices, are strongly practical principles: associated with wealth (Grandin 1983). Income may influence the distribution of · The house serves primarily for protection diseases and other factors which result in the against adverse environmental conditions lowering of health status (e.g. malnutrition), as and as social point. Therefore, its well as food production, consumption patterns condition depends on a combination of and utilisation of health services (Victoria and practical and cultural factors. Regarding Vaughan 1985; Ghirotti 1988). The estimation its protective function, the availability and of wealth is therefore one of the ...

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