The risk-sharing and insurance strategies used by rural households to smooth consumption are investigated, using data from the ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) Village Level Studies. Self-insurance is the most important risk coping mechanism. Limits in self-insurance and high costs of risk-coping strategies suggest opportunities for institutions that can help households save, work, and accumulate buffer stock to cope with risk.
- Rural households
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)