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The Impact of Insurance Provision on Households’ Production and Financial Decisions

  • Cai, Jing
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Taking advantage of a natural experiment and a rich household-level panel dataset, this paper tests the impact of an agricultural insurance program on household level production, borrowing, and saving. The empirical strategy includes both difference-in-difference and triple difference estimations. I find that, first, introducing insurance increases the production area of insured crops by around 20% and decreases production diversification; second, provision of insurance raises the credit demand by 25%; third, it decreases household saving by more than 30%; fourth, the effect of insurance on borrowing persists in the long-run, while the effect on saving is significant only in the medium-run; and fifth, the impact of insurance is greater on larger farmers and on households with lower migration remittance.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 46864.

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Date of creation: 09 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:46864
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