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Is it all about Money? A Randomized Evaluation of the Impact of Insurance Literacy and Marketing Treatments on the Demand for Health Microinsurance in Senegal

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  • Jacopo Bonan

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  • Oliver Dagnelie

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  • Philippe LeMay-Boucher

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  • Michel Tenikue

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In Senegal mutual health organizations (MHOs) have been present in the greater region of Thiès for years. Despite their benefits, in some areas there remain low take-up rates. We offer an insurance literacy module, communicating the benefits from health microinsurance and the functioning of MHOs, to a randomly selected sample of households in the city of Thiès. The effects of this training, and three cross-cutting marketing treatments, are evaluated using a randomized control trial. We find that the insurance literacy module has no impact, but that our marketing treatment has a significant effect on the take up decisions of households.

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Paper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 216.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
Date of revision: Jan 2012
Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:216

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Keywords: Community based health insurance scheme; Randomized control trials; Africa; Senegal;

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  1. What happened to the microinsurance revolution?
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  1. BONAN Jacopo & LEMAY-BOUCHER Philippe & TENIKUE Michel, 2013. "Household's willingness to pay for health microinsurance and its impact on actual take-up: results from a field experiment in Senegal," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2013-15, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  2. Eling, Martin & Pradhan, Shailee & Schmit, Joan T., 2013. "The Determinants of Microinsurance Demand," Working Papers on Finance 1308, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.

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