Risk, Growth and Poverty: what do we know, what do we need to know?

Date: May, 2007
ODID Working Paper No. 148
Author(s): Stefan Dercon (ODID)

This note has three objectives: first, it aims to take stock of the nature of the evidence available and on the links between uninsured risk and shocks on the one hand, and growth and poverty on the other, both at a macro and micro level. Secondly, it makes a number of suggestions of the type of work that could be fruitfully implemented. Finally, it tries to strike a balance between the needs for the policy maker and the requirements for academic scrutiny of evidence, in offering suggestions for priorities in work.

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