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Living with the Merapi Volcano: Risks and Disaster Microinsurance

Aloysius Brata (), Piet Rietveld, Henri de Groot (), Budy Resosudarmo () and Wouter Zant ()

Departmental Working Papers from The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper investigates the influence of perception of natural disaster risks on the probability of local people to participate in a hypothetical disaster microinsurance. We use household data for a specific disaster risk of the Mount Merapi in Java. We find that respondent's perception of natural disaster risk is in line with experts' risk assessment. Estimation results show that this perception positively influences the interest to participate in disaster microinsurance. We also find that insurance literacy has a strong positive relationship with the respondent's interest to participate in disaster microinsurance.

Keywords: perception of risks; eruptions; microinsurance; Merapi (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q54 G21 D12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ias and nep-mfd
Date: 2014
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