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Implications of Credit Constraints for Risk Behaviour in Less Developed Economies


  • Eswaran, Mukesh
  • Kotwal, Ashok


This paper investigates how access to credit might impinge on risk behavior. It demonstrates that credit, by facilitating the pooling of risk across time, renders a risk-averse individual more capable of absorbing risk. Some implications of this result--mainly for developing economies--are then examined. Copyright 1990 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Eswaran, Mukesh & Kotwal, Ashok, 1990. "Implications of Credit Constraints for Risk Behaviour in Less Developed Economies," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 42(2), pages 473-482, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:42:y:1990:i:2:p:473-82

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