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Assessing the success of microinsurance programmes in meeting the insurance needs of the poor

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  • Paul Mosley

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The paper reviews attempts to provide insurance against risks afflicting the poorest. It presents empirical evidence on the impact of different types of microinsurance, and recommends the idea of ‘quasi-insurance’—the provision of insurance functions through a non-insurance route—where institutional or regulatory constraints prevent insurance proper from being offered. The paper argues that microinsurance so far has been somewhat supply-driven rather than driven by effective demand, especially from the poorest, and thus the insurance products which would benefit the poorest are still at a limited stage of development. Institutional innovations and new insurance products therefore deserve promotion.

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  • Paul Mosley, 2009. "Assessing the success of microinsurance programmes in meeting the insurance needs of the poor," Working Papers 84, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
  • Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:84
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    Cited by:

    1. Farrin, Katie & Miranda, Mario J., 2015. "A heterogeneous agent model of credit-linked index insurance and farm technology adoption," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 199-211.
    2. Heenkenda, Shirantha, 2016. "Inclusive Insurance Sector: An Innovation business model for Microinsurance Delivery in Sri Lanka," MPRA Paper 72480, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Shirantha Heenkenda, 2016. "Inclusive insurance sector: An innovativebusiness model for micro-insurance delivery in Sri Lanka," Journal of Asian Business Strategy, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 6(1), pages 1-12, January.

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    Keywords

    microinsurance; microcredit; microsavings; microfinance; risk; insecurity; poverty;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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