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|dc.description.abstract||The literature suggests that in developing countries illness shocks at thehousehold level can have a negative and severe impact on household income.Few studies have so fare examined the effects of mortality. The major differencebetween illness and mortality shocks is that a death of a householdmember does not only induce direct costs such as medical and funeral costsand possibly a loss in income, but that also the number of consumption unitsin the household is reduced. Studies so far focused mainly on adult mortality,disregarded the death of other household members and distinguishedonly insufficiently between the immediate impact, and the impact after copingstrategies have been implemented. Using data for Indonesia, I show thatthe economic costs related to the death of children and older persons seemto be fully compensated by the decrease of consumption units in the household.In contrast, when prime-age adults die, survivors face additional costsdue to the loss of income and, in consequence, implement coping strategies.These strategies are quite efficient and it seems that on average householdseven over-compensate their loss. This suggests that the implementation ofgeneral formal safety nets which are still absent in Indonesia?as in mostdeveloping countries?can give priority to the insurance of other types ofrisks, such as unemployment, illness or natural disasters.||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartofseries|||aProceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2006 / Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics |x9||en_US|
|dc.subject.keyword||micro-model of consumption growth||en_US|
|dc.title||Mortality and survivors' consumption||en_US|
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