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The source of livelihood varies amongst thePacific Island Countries and also within a country; between urban and ruralareas. Most Pacific Island Countries PICs and their households rely onsubsistence activities and agriculture for their livelihood. This research wasbased on surveys conducted in Piliura and Tassiriki villages in Vanuatu andVaiaku, Senala and Tumaseu villages in Tuvalu, which involved developing amethodology for household surveys to elucidate issues linked to livelihood. Theanalysis revealed that the major source of household income in Vanuatu studysites was from the sale of products, while in Funafuti Tuvalu households earnedthe majority of their income from wages-salaries. However, in Tumaseu villageTuvalu the households generated their source of income from both wages andsale of products. In all the study sites, food was the major household expense.This study was aimed at allowing researchers and decision makers a betterunderstanding of the economic realities for households in PICs.

KEYWORDS

PICs; Households; Livelihood

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R. Singh and S. Hemstock -Economics of Households in Pacific Island Countries: A Case Study of Vanuatu and Tuvalu,- Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 3 No. 5C, 2013, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.4236-tel.2013.35A3001.





Autor: Ranjila Devi Singh, Sarah L. Hemstock

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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