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Record number 432078
Title The Impact of Kinship Networks on the Adoption of Risk-Mitigating Strategies in Ethiopia
Author(s) Falco, S. Di; Bulte, E.H.
Source World Development 43 (2013)3. - ISSN 0305-750X - p. 100 - 110.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.10.011
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) sharing networks - tenure security - rural-areas - insurance - ghana - arrangements - reciprocity - incentives - commitment - solidarity
Abstract The adoption of certain farm management practices, such as tree planting and soil and water conservation, can reduce exposure to weather shocks. However, in many countries the adoption of such risk mitigating measures is far from complete. We explore how risk-sharing networks in the form of kinship, characterized by the moral imperative of within-group sharing, affects the adoption of risk mitigating activities in rural Ethiopia. We find suggestive evidence that compulsory sharing invites free riding and attenuates incentives for self-protection against weather shocks. We also find evidence of the existence of a possible substitution effect between credit and social networks.
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