Shocks, Coping, and Outcomes for Pakistan's Poor: Health Risks Predominate

Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 889-910, 2009

38 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2008 Last revised: 4 Jan 2011

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Rasmus Heltberg

World Bank

Niels Lund

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 19, 2008

Abstract

Reporting the results of a novel survey of shocks, coping, outcomes, and safety nets in Pakistan, we find high incidence and cost of shocks borne by households, with health and other idiosyncratic shocks dominating in frequency, costliness, and adversity. Sample households lack effective coping options and use mostly self-insurance and informal credit. Many shocks result in food insecurity, informal debts, child and bonded labour, and recovery is slow. Private and public social safety nets exist but offer little effective protection. Public action is needed to better control public health hazards and provide non-exploitative credit and more effective safety nets.

Keywords: risk, vulnerability, social protection, safety nets

JEL Classification: O12

Suggested Citation

Heltberg, Rasmus and Lund, Niels, Shocks, Coping, and Outcomes for Pakistan's Poor: Health Risks Predominate (February 19, 2008). Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 889-910, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1150408

Rasmus Heltberg (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Niels Lund

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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