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Insurance for the Poor: the Case of Informal Insurance Groups in Benin

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This article studies indigenous insurance groups using evidence from urban areas in Benin. Many of these informal institutions co-exist within neighbourhood distance. They are based on well-defined rules and regulations, offering premium-based insurance for funeral expenses, as well as other forms of insurance and credit to cope with hardships. We first provide a description of these groups. We then investigate, with the help of an original dataset, which individual characteristics are significant in explaining both the likelihood of joining such groups and the choice of insurance coverage.

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  • Philippe Lemay-Boucher, 2012. "Insurance for the Poor: the Case of Informal Insurance Groups in Benin," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(9), pages 1258-1273, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:9:p:1258-1273 DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2012.693172
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