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The Consumption-Health Nexus Revisited: Examining the Benefits of Social Insurance for the Poor in Indonesia

Inggrid, and Liem , Pei Fun (2017) The Consumption-Health Nexus Revisited: Examining the Benefits of Social Insurance for the Poor in Indonesia. [UNSPECIFIED]

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        Abstract

        Households in developing countries are typically more vulnerable to illness episodes. This paper uses a panel micro data set from Indonesia to investigate whether households are able to smooth their consumption against idiosyncratic health shocks and to examine the mitigating effects of a social health insurance programme for the poor on such shocks. We find that Indonesian households manage to keep consumption smooth after deterioration in adult health. These findings are robust to various health measures and different specifications. The difference-in-differences (DiD) estimator shows a marginal effect of the insurance programme on insuring household consumption from major health problems. Further investigation reveals heterogeneous effects of the social insurance programme. While it plays a trivial role in protecting rural households, the effect of the health intervention is stronger in urban areas of the country. We argue that supply-side factors seem to be partly responsible for this finding.

        Item Type: UNSPECIFIED
        Additional Information: http://www.sesric.org/pdf.php?file=ART15090701-2.pdf
        Uncontrolled Keywords: consumption smoothing, health shocks, social health insurance
        Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
        J Political Science
        H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
        H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
        H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
        H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
        H Social Sciences
        Divisions: Faculty of Economic > International Business Management Program
        Depositing User: Admin
        Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 23:26
        Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 05:36
        URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/17742

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