Financing for Overcoming Economic Insecurity

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Despite the rise in recent decades in the average income level, economic insecurity has also increased. This paradoxical outcome is true for both developing and developed countries. Increasing economic insecurity is harmful for human welfare for several reasons. Job and income insecurity directly affect the material and psychological well-being of people. Economic volatility and high uncertainty also tend to exert negative influence on productive investment, thereby hurting ...

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Financing for Overcoming Economic Insecurity

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Overview

Despite the rise in recent decades in the average income level, economic insecurity has also increased. This paradoxical outcome is true for both developing and developed countries. Increasing economic insecurity is harmful for human welfare for several reasons. Job and income insecurity directly affect the material and psychological well-being of people. Economic volatility and high uncertainty also tend to exert negative influence on productive investment, thereby hurting long-term development.

In view of the above, it is not surprising that there is a growing need among both scholars and policy makers to have a better understanding about the rising problem of economic insecurity and the steps that may be taken to mitigate it.
This book is an important step forward in meeting this need. Written by leading experts this book sheds light on the causes of economic insecurity and how better functioning financial systems, more effective macroeconomic policies and extended micro-financing schemes could mitigate the degree of economic insecurity in developing countries and overcome many of its negative consequences.

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Nazrul Islam is the Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Unit of the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations and a Research Fellow of the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD), Kitakyushu, Japan.

Rob Vos is currently the Director of Director of the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. Previously he was the Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Preface

About the Editors

About the Contributors

Chapter 1 Introduction
Rob Vos and Nazrul Islam

Chapter 2 Globalization, Offshoring and Economic Insecurity
in Industrialized Countries
William Milberg and Deborah Winkler

Chapter 3 Managing Financial Instability in Developing Countries: Why Prudence is not Enough
Yilmaz Aky├╝z

Chapter 4 Insurance, Credit and Safety Nets for the Poor in a World of Risk
Daniel Clarke and Stefan Dercon

Chapter 5 Assessing the Success of Microinsurance Programmes in Meeting the Insurance Needs of the Poor
Paul Mosley

Chapter 6 Assessing the Insurance Role of Microsavings
David Hulme, Karen Moore and Armando Barrientos

Chapter 7 Can Microfinance Reduce Economic Insecurity and Poverty? By How Much and How?
Nazrul Islam

Chapter 8 Insurance against Losses from Natural Disasters in Developing Countries
Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer and Reinhard Mechler

Index

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