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Investigating Demand for Weather Index Insurance: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia

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  • Norton, Michael T.
  • Holthaus, Eric
  • Madajewicz, Malgosia
  • Osgood, Daniel E.
  • Peterson, Nicole
  • Gebremichael, Mengesha
  • Mullally, Conner
  • Teh, TseLing

Abstract

There is much interest in weather index insurance as a poverty‐mitigating tool, but concerns persist about potential demand for the product among the poorest of the poor. This paper relates the experiences in rural areas of Tigray region, Ethiopia through both commercial sign‐up data and a series of experimental games conducted to test demand for weather index insurance. Demand was observed to be considerable in both.

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  • Norton, Michael T. & Holthaus, Eric & Madajewicz, Malgosia & Osgood, Daniel E. & Peterson, Nicole & Gebremichael, Mengesha & Mullally, Conner & Teh, TseLing, 2011. "Investigating Demand for Weather Index Insurance: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 104022, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Awel Y. & Azomahou T.T., 2015. "Risk preference or financial literacy? Behavioural experiment on index insurance demand," MERIT Working Papers 005, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    2. Martin Eling & Shailee Pradhan & Joan T Schmit, 2014. "The Determinants of Microinsurance Demand," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan;The Geneva Association, vol. 39(2), pages 224-263, April.
    3. Bokusheva, Raushan, 2014. "Improving the Effectiveness of Weather-based Insurance: An Application of Copula Approach," MPRA Paper 62339, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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