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Impact of Perceived Livelihood Risk on Livelihood Strategies: A Case Study in Shiyang River Basin, China

by Fang Su 1, Udoy SAIKIA 2 and Iain HAY 2,*
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School of Economics and Management, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi’an 710021, China
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College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3349; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123349
Received: 1 May 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 13 June 2019 / Published: 17 June 2019
Using data collected from semi-structured interviews with 485 households, this research evaluates the effect of perceived livelihood risk on livelihood strategies within farming households in China’s Shiyang River Basin. Perceived livelihood risk was evaluated by establishing an index system of livelihood risk (health, environmental, financial, social, and information and connectivity risks). Different livelihood strategies were identified, including reducing consumption, seeking help from relatives and friends, securing loans, seeking employment, and converting assets into cash. The effect of perceived livelihood risk on livelihood strategies was measured and evaluated using multinomial logistic regression. The results indicate that the effect of different perceived livelihood risk on livelihood strategies varies. Personality traits, as well as perceived health risk, financial risk, social risk, and environmental risk influence livelihood strategies, while perceived information risk and connectivity risk do not appear to have obvious relationships to livelihood strategies. Finally, we present proposals for ensuring farmers’ livelihood strategies are more effective. View Full-Text
Keywords: perceived livelihood risk; personality traits; risk perception; livelihood strategies; Shiyang River Basin perceived livelihood risk; personality traits; risk perception; livelihood strategies; Shiyang River Basin
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Su, F.; SAIKIA, U.; HAY, I. Impact of Perceived Livelihood Risk on Livelihood Strategies: A Case Study in Shiyang River Basin, China. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3349.

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