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Poverty Traps and Index-Based Risk Transfer Products

  • Barnett, Barry J.
  • Barrett, Christopher B.
  • Skees, Jerry R.

Summary A growing literature suggests that in low-income countries, households with few assets can be trapped in chronic poverty. This article reviews relevant threads of the poverty traps literature to motivate a description of the opportunities presented by innovative index-based risk transfer products. These products can be used to address some insurance and credit market failures that contribute to the persistence of poverty among households in low-income countries. Applications are considered at the micro, meso, and macro levels.

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Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 1766-1785

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