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Risk Sharing and Network Formation

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  • Marcel Fafchamps
  • Flore Gubert

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In this article the authors examine the motivation behind the formation of risk pools. They do so by using as suitable study data survey information collected among the rural poor of the Philippines. They discuss the possibility that network formation comes as the result of an attempt to maximize gains derived from shared risk to income within a social group. They note that the most significant benefits of pooled risk occur when individuals are of different occupations and there is a variety of risks faced.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 97 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 75-79

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:97:y:2007:i:2:p:75-79

Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.97.2.75
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