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Risk, Shocks, and Human Development

On the Brink

  • Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva
  • Papa A. Seck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Papa A. Seck
      Pages 1-12
  3. Conceptual Framework

  4. Empirical Evidence

  5. Behavioral and Policy Responses

  6. Conclusion: Exploring the Interface between Private Mechanisms and Public Policies: A Challenge for Research

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 379-385

About this book


Sudden negative events are part of life, but some are more disastrous than others. This book analyzes the consequences of sudden negative shocks in the short and long term well being of people and how the policies implemented before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the event could help prevent these long lasting effects.


China development migration

Editors and affiliations

  • Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva
    • 1
  • Papa A. Seck
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development Report Office of UNDPUSA
  2. 2.UNDP’s Human Development Report OfficeUSA

About the editors

RICARDO FUENTES-NIEVA is policy specialist at the Human Development Report Office of UNDP. Recently, he was on leave from his position to write a chapter for the World Development Report 2010 at the World Bank. Before joining UNDP, he was director of statistical analysis and advisor to the Under Secretary of Social Development in Mexico; prior to that, he worked for the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He graduated with honors from CIDE in Mexico City and earned a master's degree in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain.

PAPA A. SECK is a Statistics specialist for the UNDP's Human Development Report Office. Since joining UNDP in 2006 he has worked on topics related to child mortality, children's health and education, vulnerability to climate change and most recently migration. Prior to joining UNDP, he taught undergraduate economics at Hunter College. He holds a master's degree, summa cum laude in Economics Special Honours Curriculum, from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Arthur Leon Hornicker Memorial Award for best CUNY thesis in 2005.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Risk, Shocks, and Human Development
  • Book Subtitle On the Brink
  • Editors R. Fuentes-Nieva
    P. Seck
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-22390-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-58785-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-27412-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 385
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education Policy
    International Economics
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