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War, Hunger, and Displacement: VOLUME 1$
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E. Wayne Nafziger, Frances Stewart, and Raimo Väyrynen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198297390.001.0001

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The Economic Causes of Humanitarian Emergencies

The Economic Causes of Humanitarian Emergencies

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(p.91) 3 The Economic Causes of Humanitarian Emergencies
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War, Hunger, and Displacement: VOLUME 1
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E. WAYNE NAFZIGER

JUHA AUVINEN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198297390.003.0003

This chapter examines the results of econometric studies concerning the causes of humanitarian emergencies. The findings reveal that stagnation and decline in real gross domestic product (GDP), slow growth in average food production, high income inequality, and a tradition of violent conflict are sources of emergencies. This chapter discusses the political economy of complex humanitarian emergencies, multi-dimensional crisis characterised by warfare, disease, hunger, and displacement.

Keywords:   humanitarian emergencies, econometric studies, GDP, food production, income inequality, violent conflict, warfare, disease, hunger

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