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Recent empirical work finds evidence of highly nonlinear wealth dynamics among Boran pastoralists of southern Ethiopia, consistent with the hypothesis of poverty traps. This paper explores the consequences of such dynamics for informal inter-household transfer arrangements. Using original primary data on social networks and transfers, collected among the same Boran population, we find that transfers of cattle respond to recipients' cattle losses, but only so long as the recipient is not too fardoi:10.2139/ssrn.998541 fatcat:x4hvdcedsreclem7zb63xigxxi