Pitfalls and potential of institutional change: Rain-index insurance and the sustainability of rangeland management

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Rain-index insurance is strongly advocated in many parts of the developing world to help farmers to cope with climatic risk that prevails in (semi-)arid rangelands due to low and highly uncertain rainfall. We present a modeling analysis of how the availability of rain-index insurance affects the sustainability of rangeland management. We show that a rain-index insurance with frequent payoffs, i.e. a high strike level, leads to the choice of less sustainable grazing management than without insurance available. However, rain-index insurance with a low to medium strike level enhances the farmer's well-being while not impairing the sustainability of rangeland management. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)2137-2144
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 15.09.2011

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Special Section - Earth System Governance: Accountability and Legitimacy, Edited by F. Biermann, A. Gupta