Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107406
Authors: 
Dietrich, Stephan
Ibanez, Marcela
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 165
Abstract: 
This paper explores the impacts of traditional agricultural insurance that offers protection against climatic shocks on small-scale tobacco farmers in Colombia. We analyze the impacts of access to the insurance on household financial outcomes after a period of severe climatic events that caused substantial crop failures. Our identification strategy benefits from a natural experimental setup of the form in which the insurance was launched. We find that tobacco producers with access to the insurance program were less likely to acquire informal loans, were less likely to use loans to repay debts, and had access to loans with lower interest rates and longer maturation periods. Moreover, access to this program was positively associated with increased savings and accumulation of liquid assets.
Subjects: 
Insurance
Credit
Natural Disasters
Risk Management
Colombia
JEL: 
G22
G23
O13
O16
Q14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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