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Insurance Against Poverty

Stefan Dercon

Abstract

This book presents research on the relationship between risk and poverty in developing countries. It explores risks and shocks affecting the poor, the risk-coping mechanisms they use, the measurement of vulnerability to poverty, and policy implications. The book is divided into seven parts. Part I discusses risk-sharing strategies. Parts II and III examine the links between risk and poverty. Part IV provides frameworks for measuring vulnerability to poverty. Part V and VI deal with the role of social institutions. Part VII presents options for protecting the poor. Part VIII discusses role of p ... More

Keywords: risk, poverty, developing countries, risk-sharing, poor, insurance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199276838.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Dercon, editor
University of Oxford
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Contents

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Overview

STEFAN DERCON

PART I RISK AND INSURANCE: EVIDENCE

PART II RISK AND POVERTY: THEORY

3 The Two Poverties

ABHIJIT V. BANERJEE

4 Inequality and Risk

MARCEL FAFCHAMPS

PART III 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

PART IV IDENTIFYING THE VULNERABLE

8 Measuring Vulnerability to Poverty

GISELE KAMANOU AND JONATHAN MORDUCH

PART V RISK AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS

PART VI SAFETY NETS AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS

14 Food Aid and Informal Insurance

STEFAN DERCON AND PRAMILA KRISHNAN

VII DEVELOPING BETTER PROTECTION FOR THE POOR

16 Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?

CHRISTOPHER B. BARRETT, STEIN HOLDEN, AND DANIEL C. CLAY

18 Can Financial Markets be Tapped to Help Poor People Cope with Weather Risks?

JERRY SKEES, PANOS VARANGIS, DONALD F. LARSON, AND PAUL SIEGEL

VIII CONCLUSION

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