Insurance against Poverty / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199276837
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/27/2005
  • Series: UNU/WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Dercon is a University Lecturer at the University of Oxford, and has been Professor in Development Economics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, a Research Officer at the centre of the Study of African Economies, a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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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
19. Risk, Poverty, and Public Action, Stefan Dercon

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