Insurance against Poverty / Edition 1

Insurance against Poverty / Edition 1

by Stefan Dercon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199276838

ISBN-13: 9780199276837

Pub. Date: 01/27/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Poor people in developing countries are often affected by droughts, floods, illness, crop failure, job loss, and economic downturns. Informal insurance mechanisms provide some protection, but are weak in the face of major or recurring calamities. Most people cannot obtain formal insurance, and the lack of insurance and social protection therefore constrains

Overview

Poor people in developing countries are often affected by droughts, floods, illness, crop failure, job loss, and economic downturns. Informal insurance mechanisms provide some protection, but are weak in the face of major or recurring calamities. Most people cannot obtain formal insurance, and the lack of insurance and social protection therefore constrains investment, growth, and poverty reduction. Public action to remedy this deficiency is merited, but what form should it take? This book evaluates alternatives in widening insurance and social protection provision, including sustainability and poverty effects, in thorough, up-to-date thematic papers and case studies, development assessments, and policy analyses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199276837
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/27/2005
Series:
UNU/WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Overview, Stefan Dercon
Risk and Insurance: evidence
1. Risk, Insurance and Poverty: a review, Stefan Dercon
2. Consumption Smoothing Across Space: Testing Theories of Risk-Sharing in the ICRISAT Study Region of South India, Jonathan Morduch
Risk and Poverty: Theory
3. The Two Poverties, Abhijit Banerjee
4. Inequality and Risk, Marcel Fafchamps
Risk and Poverty Persistence
5. Household Income Dynamics in Rural China, Jyotsna Jalan and Martin Ravallion
6. Health, Shocks and Poverty Persistence, Stefan Dercon and John Hoddinott
7. The Macroeconomic Repercussions of Agricultural Shocks and their Implications for Insurance, Paul Collier
Identifying the Vulnerable
8. Measuring Vulnerability to Poverty, Gisele Kamanou and Jonathan Morduch
9. Targeting and Informal Insurance, Ethan Ligon
Risk and Social Institutions
10. Risk-Sharing and Endogenous Network Formation, Joachim De Weerdt
11. Is a Friend in Need a Friend Indeed? Inclusion and Exclusion in Mutual Insurance Networks in Southern Ghana, Markus Goldstein, Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet
12. The Gradual Erosion of the Social Security Function of Customary Land Tenure Arrangements in Lineage-Based Societies, Jean-Philippe Platteau
Safety nets and social institutions
13. Do Public Transfers Crowd Out Private Transfers? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mexico, Pedro Albarran and Orazio P. Attanasio
14. Food Aid and Informal Insurance, Stefan Dercon and Pramila Krishnan
15. Why isn't there more Financial Intermediation in Developing Countries?, Jonathan Conning and Michael Kevane
Developing better protection for the poor
16. Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?, Christopher B. Barrett, Stein Holden and Daniel C. Clay
17. Learning from Visa®? Incorporating Insurance Provisions in Microfinance Contracts, Loïc Sadoulet
18. Can Financial Markets be Tapped to Help Poor People Cope with Weather Risks?, Jerry Skees, Panos Varangis, Donald Larson and Paul Siegel
Conclusion
19. Risk, Poverty, and Public Action, Stefan Dercon

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