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Rotating Savings and Credit Associations as Insurance

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  • Stefan Klonner

    (Universitaet Heidelberg)

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Recent theoretical research on rotating savings and credit associations (Roscas) suggests that identical individuals prefer a random to a bidding Rosca when participants save for a lumpy durable or an investment good. Here,in contrast, under the assumption that participants are risk averse and that their incomes are stochastic and independent, it is shown that a random Rosca is not advantageous, while participation in a bidding Rosca improves ex ante expected utility if temporal risk aversion is less pronounced than static risk aversion. When information on individual incomes is private, fixed contributions to a bidding Rosca help to mitigate the problem of information asymmetries. When information on incomes is public, a lack of enforceability of variable contributions may explain the existence of Roscas instead of more efficient insurance arrangements.

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  • Stefan Klonner, 2000. "Rotating Savings and Credit Associations as Insurance," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 1589, Econometric Society.
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    1. Christy Chung Hevener, 2006. "Alternative financial vehicles: rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs)," Community Affairs Discussion Paper 06-01, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
    2. Thieme, Susan., 2003. "Savings and credit associations and remittances : the case of Far West Nepalese labour migrants in Delhi, India," ILO Working Papers 993632993402676, International Labour Organization.
    3. Anderson, Siwan & Baland, Jean-Marie & Moene, Karl Ove, 2009. "Enforcement in informal saving groups," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(1), pages 14-23, September.
    4. Thilo Klein, 2015. "Does Anti-Diversification Pay? A One-Sided Matching Model of Microcredit," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1521, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    5. Stefan Klonner, 2003. "Empirical Analysis of Rosca Auctions in a South Indian Village," Working Papers 854, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
    6. Hanming Fang & Rongzhu Ke & Li-An Zhou, 2015. "Rosca Meets Formal Credit Market," NBER Working Papers 21683, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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