Does insurance help to escape the poverty trap? - A ruin theoretic approach

Kovacevic RM & Pflug GC (2011). Does insurance help to escape the poverty trap? - A ruin theoretic approach. Journal of Risk and Insurance 78 (4): 1003-1028. DOI:10.1111/j.1539-6975.2010.01396.x.

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Abstract

Poverty trapping refers to the fact that poor people in developing countries cannot escape their poverty without help from outside. This is worsened by extreme events, e.g. floods or hurricanes, sending people to poverty who have not been poor before. Often insurance is seen as a way out. This paper studies poverty trapping in the context of catastrophic risk and introduces a ruin type model, combining deterministic growth with a stochastic loss model. We analyze the properties of the resulting piecewise deterministic Markov process, especially its trapping risk, and discuss for which groups of people insurance can reduce trapping probability.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of Risk and Insurance; 78(4):1003-1028 (December 2011) (Published online 29 November 2010)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 10:59
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9498

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