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Insurance in Extended Family Networks

Orazio Attanasio (), Corina Mommaerts and Costas Meghir ()
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Corina Mommaerts: Dept. of Economics, Yale University, http://economics.yale.edu/

No 1996, Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers from Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University

Abstract: We investigate partial insurance and group risk sharing in extended family networks. Our approach is based on decomposing income shocks into group aggregate and idiosyncratic components, allowing us to measure the extent to which each is insured, having accounted for public insurance programs. We apply our framework to extended family networks in the United States by exploiting the unique intergenerational structure of the PSID. We find that over 60% of shocks to household income are potentially insurable within family networks. However, we find little evidence that the extended family provides insurance for such idiosyncratic shocks.

Keywords: Incomplete markets; Partial Insurance; Consumption smoothing; Extended Family Networks; Savings; Intergenerational transfers; Stochastic income processes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D31 D91 E21 E24 H31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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