Stefan Dercon

in Insurance Against Poverty

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276837
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601620 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics


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This chapter presents an overview of the papers included in this volume. It highlights the authors’ rejection of the standard paradigm of mainstream neoclassical economic theory. It briefly discusses worldwide efforts to alleviate poverty, the risk and shocks that can worsen the living standards of the poor, institutional programmes aimed at increasing social protection.

Keywords: risk; poverty; shocks; social protection programmes; neoclassical economic theory

Chapter.  3233 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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