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Risk Sharing and Public Transfers

  • Dercon, Stefan
  • Krishnan, Pramila

We use public transfers in the form of food aid to test for the presence of risk sharing arrangements at the village level in rural Ethiopia. We reject perfect risk-sharing, but find evidence of partial risk-sharing via transfers. There is also evidence consistent with crowding out of informal insurance linked to food aid programmes. Copyright Royal Economic Society 2003

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Date of creation: 2002
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