Managing risk with insurance and savings: Experimental evidence for male and female farm managers in the Sahel

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Show simple item record Delavallade, Clara Dizon, Felipe Hill, Ruth Petraud, Jean Paul 2015-04-09T10:25:19Z 2015-04-09T10:25:19Z 2015-04
dc.identifier.citation Delavallade, C., Dizon, F., Hill, RV., Petraud, JP.(2015). Managing Risk with Insurance and Savings: Experimental Evidence for Male and Female Farm Managers in the Sahel . A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 142. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-03-0
dc.description Clara Delavallade is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at UCT, a Research Associate of SALDRU and a Research Fellow at IFPRI. Felipe Dizon is a Ph.D. student at the University of California Davis. Ruth Hill is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. Jean-Paul Petraud is a Research Associate at IMPAQ International. en_US
dc.description.abstract Although there is fast-growing policy interest in offering financial products to help rural households manage risk, the literature is still scant as to which products are the most effective. This paper uses a randomized field experiment in Senegal and Burkina Faso to compare male and female farmers who are offered index-based agricultural insurance with those who are offered a variety of savings instruments. The paper finds that female farm managers were less likely to purchase agricultural insurance and more likely to invest in savings for emergencies, even controlling for access to informal insurance and differences in crop choice. It is hypothesized that this finding results from the fact that, although men and women are equally exposed to yield risk, women face additional sources of lifecycle risk—particularly health risks associated with fertility and childcare—that men do not. In essence, the basis risk associated with agricultural insurance products is higher for women. Purchasing insurance increased input spending and use more than savings. Those who purchased more insurance realized higher average yields and were better able to manage food insecurity and shocks. This finding suggests that gender differences in demand for financial products can have an impact on productivity, resilience, and welfare. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship We thank CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets for funding this work and the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network in the Africa Region and the World Bank for additional financing and the suggestion to undertake this work. This study was funded by the Regional Studies Program of the Chief Economist of the Africa Region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SALDRU Working Paper;142
dc.subject Risk en_US
dc.subject Insurance en_US
dc.subject Savings en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Senegal en_US
dc.subject Burkina Faso en_US
dc.subject Resilience en_US
dc.subject Welfare en_US
dc.subject Agricultural Production en_US
dc.title Managing risk with insurance and savings: Experimental evidence for male and female farm managers in the Sahel en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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