Insurance and Rural Welfare
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 07-011/2
26 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2007
Date Written: January 2007
Assessing the scope for insurance in rural communities usually requires a structural model of household behavior under risk. One of the few empirical applications of such models is the study by Rosenzweig and Wolpin (1993) who conclude that Indian farmers in the ICRISAT villages would not benefit from the introduction of formal weather insurance. In this paper we investigate how models such as theirs can be estimated from panel data on production and assets. We show that if assets can take only a limited number of values the coefficients of the model cannot be estimated with reasonable precision. We also show that this can affect the conclusion that insurance would not be welfare improving.
Keywords: Structural estimation, discrete choices, insurance
JEL Classification: C51, D91
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