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Microinsurance decisions: Evidence from Ethiopia

This study reviews evidence collected from a microinsurance field experiment in rural Ethiopia. The experiment involves collecting data from individuals in order to predict the shape of the demand curve for indexed insurance.

Savings Constraints and Microenterprise Development: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya

On March 11, 2012, professors Pascaline Dupas and Jonathan Robinson published a study on "Savings Constraints and Microenterprise Development: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya" which was conducted in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and funded by The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Sampling was done in three waves with a total of 200 people.

Commitments to Save: A Field Experiment in Rural Malawi

In October of 2011, economists Lasse Brune, Dean Yang, Xavier Giné and Jessica Goldberg published a new study on commitment savings. This study was conducted with help from the formal bank Opportunity International Bank of Malawi. This study supports some of the earlier findings from a study written by professors Pascaline Dupas and Jonathan Robinson and provides interesting additional information.

Social Networks and Insurance Take-Up: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in China

This Microinsurance Paper estimates the role of information in insurance take-up using data from a randomized experiment in rural China where information was either offered directly through financial education or accessed indirectly through social networks. Unlike previous studies, the experimental design allows to not only to identify the causal effect of social networks, but also to differentiate the various channels through which they operate, including the improvement of negotiating power, imitation, and social learning of insurance benefits.

Food Aid and Food Security in the Short and Long Run: Country Experience from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

This document, produced under a primer series on social safety nets, assesses the role of food aid in improving food availability and food access. It is based on a synthesis of experiences in four countries:  India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia. It concludes that food aid does not have to create negative impacts, particularly if it is tied to the development of infrastructure that supports production and market linkages, avoids creating negative price effects for food producers, and reaches the food insecure.