AbstractInsurance is usually costly, and particularly so for large catastrophic events. Moreover, developing countries have learned to expect assistance from the international community in the event of a natural disaster. Does this imply that the current scarcity of catastrophe insurance is the result of weak demand? Can insurance still play a useful role in the developing world? With the aid of a simple model, we show that insurance bene…ts help enhance …nancially constrained economies to access to private c…
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