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Refugee Camp Economies

Werker, Eric D.

May 2007

This paper describes the economy of a refugee camp. Key distortions to the economy of Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda are noted and the findings are used to construct a generic model of a refugee camp economy. Camp economies are influenced by host country policies, such as restrictions on refugees' movement and work, as well as by the physical and economic isolation of the site. Moreover, market outcomes interact with the nature of humanitarian assistance and the special demographic composition of the refugees to determine the prices and quantities that characterize the market. An awareness of the dynamics of the refugee camp economy has important implications for practitioners and scholars alike.

Journal of Refugee Studies

Male Circumcision and AIDS: The Macroeconomic Impact of a Health Crisis (pdf)

Werker, Eric D., Amrita Ahuja, and Brian Wendell
November 2006

Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 07-025, 2006

Portrait of a Failed Rebellion: An Account of Rational, Sub-optimal Violence in Western Uganda (pdf)

Hovil, Lucy, and Eric D. Werker
November 2006

Rationality & Society 17, no. 1 (February 2005): 5-34

Competitiveness in Developing Economies: The Role of Clusters and Cross-Cutting Policies (pdf). In Nurturing the Sources of Growth in Tanzania: Workshop Proceedings

Ketels, Christian H.M.
November 2006

Dar-es-Salam: Ministry of Planning, Economy, and Empowerment, Tanzania, 2006