Essays on development economics

Fischer, Torben

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-464682
Document Type: Doctoral dissertation
Year of publication: 2018
Place of publication: Mannheim
University: Universität Mannheim
Evaluator: Frölich, Markus
Date of oral examination: 25 September 2018
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > VWL, Ökonometrie (Frölich 2008-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences - CDSE (Economics)
Subject: 330 Economics
Subject headings (SWD): Development economics , Entwicklungsökonomie
Keywords (English): Development Economics
Abstract: This dissertation consists of three self-contained chapters. The unifying theme of these chapters is their focus on understanding rural households’ decision making with regards to the adoption of innovative technologies. In chapter 1, we study small-holder farmers’ adoption of improved agri- cultural inputs in response to receiving access to such inputs. In chapters 2 and 3, we investigate important demand and supply side factors in the provision of voluntary health insurance policies. In chapter 2, I study the role of households’ social network in their demand decision. In chapter 3, we investigate the presence of adverse selection in a low-income health insurance market, its potential welfare effects, and provide measures to mitigate such adverse effects. The following paragraphs provide a brief summary of these chapters.

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