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Patterns of Rainfall Insurance Participation in Rural India

Posted: 31 Dec 2008  

Xavier Giné

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Robert M. Townsend

MIT - Department of Economics

James I. Vickery

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Take-up of an innovative rainfall insurance policy offered to smallholder farmers in rural India decreases with basis risk between insurance payouts and income fluctuations, increases with household wealth, and decreases with binding credit constraints. These results are consistent with the predictions of a simple neoclassical model with borrowing constraints. Other patterns are less consistent with the benchmark model. For example, participation in village networks and measures of familiarity with the insurance vendor are strongly correlated with insurance take-up decisions, and risk-averse households are less, not more, likely to purchase insurance. These results may reflect household uncertainty about the product, given their limited experience with it.

Keywords: O10, O16, G2, G22

Suggested Citation

Giné, Xavier and Townsend, Robert M. and Vickery, James I., Patterns of Rainfall Insurance Participation in Rural India (2008). The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 539-566, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318107 or http://dx.doi.org/lhn015

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James Ian Vickery

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