Publications and Data

Journal Articles

  • Jensen, Nathaniel D. and Christopher B. Barrett (forthcoming) “Agricultural Index Insurance for Development” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. link
  • Upton, Joanna B., Jennifer Denno Cissé, Christopher B. Barrett (forthcoming) “Food Security as Resilience: Reconciling definition and measurement,” Agricultural Economics. pdf of working paper version.
  • Bauer, J.M. and S. Mburu (2017) “Effects of drought on child health in Marsabit District, Northern Kenya.” Economics & Human Biology, Vol.24, pp.74–79. link
  • Pelletier B, Hickey G, Bothi K, and A Mude. (2016). “Linking Rural Livelihood Resilience and Food Security: an International Challenge.” Food Security, 8: 469. DOI:10.1007/s12571-016-0576-8. link
  • Vrieling A, Meroni M, Mude A, Chantarat S, Ummenhofer C, and de Bie Kees. (2016). “Early Assessment of Seasonal Forage Availability for Mitigating the Impact of Drought of East Africa Pastoralists.” Remote Sensing of Environment, 174: 44-55
  • Mburu, S., (2016). “Effects of livestock herd migration on child schooling in Marsabit District, Kenya.” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. link
  • Jensen, Nathaniel D., Christopher B. Barrett and Andrew G. Mude (2016) “Index Insurance Quality and Basis Risk: Evidence from Northern Kenya,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 98(5) pp. 1450-1469. link
  • Mburu, Samuel , Alfonso Sousa-Poza, Steffen Otterbach, and Andrew Mude (2016) “Income and Asset Poverty among Pastoralists in Northern Kenya,” Journal of Development Studies, link
  • Bageant, Elizabeth R. and Christopher B. Barrett (2016) “Are There Gender Differences in Demand for Index-Based Livestock Insurance?” Journal Of Development Studies link
  • Takahashi, Kazushi, Munenobu Ikegami, Megan Sheahan, Christopher B. Barrett (2016) “Experimental Evidence on the Drivers of Index-Based Livestock Insurance Demand in Southern Ethiopia.” World Development, Volume 78, pages 324-340, February. link
  • Janzen, Sarah, Nathaniel Jensen, and Andrew Mude (2016) “Targeted Social Protection in a Pastoralist Economy: Case Study from Kenya.” Scientific and Technical Review, 35(2).
  • Woodard, Joshua D, Apurba Shee, Andrew Mude (2016) “A Spatial Econometric Approach to Designing and Rating Scalable Index Insurance in the Presence of Missing Data” Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Issues and Practice, April, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 259–279. link
  • Shee, Apurba, Calum G. Turvey, Joshua Woodard, (2015) “A field study for assessing risk-contingent credit for Kenyan pastoralists and dairy farmers”, Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 75 Iss: 3, pp.330 – 348. link
  • de Leeuw, Jan, Anton Vrieling, Apurba Shee, Clement Atzberger, Kiros M. Hadgu, Chandrashekhar M. Biradar, Humphrey Keah, and Calum Turvey (2014). “The Potential and Uptake of Remote Sensing in Insurance: A Review.” Remote Sensing. link
  • Anton Vrieling, Michele Meroni, Apurba Shee, Andrew Mude, Joshua Woodard, C.A.J.M. (Kees) de Biea, Felix Rambold (2014). “Historical extension of operational NDVI products for Livestock Insurance in Kenya.” International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. link
  • Chantarat, Sommarat,  Andrew G. Mude, Christopher B. Barrett, and Michael R. Carter (2013). “Designing Index-Based Livestock Insurance for Managing Asset Risk in Northern Kenya” Journal of Risk and Insurance, Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 205–237, March. link
  • Lybbert, Travis J., Francisco B. Galarza, John McPeak, Christopher Barrett, Steve R. Boucher, Michael R. Carter, Sommarat Chantarat, Aziz Fadlaoui, Andrew Mude (2010). “Dynamics of Field Experiments in Developing Economics: Risk Valuation in Morocco, Kenya and Peru” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 39/2 pp.1–17. April. link
  • McPeak, John, Sommarat Chantarat, Andrew G. Mude (2010). “Explaining Index Based Livestock Insurance to Pastoralists,” Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 70 Iss: 3, pp.333 – 352. link. pdf of working paper version.

Briefs, Case Studies, SummariesP1030025

  • Mburu, Samuel, Johnson, Leigh, Mude, A. (2015). “Integrating index-based livestock insurance with community savings and loan groups in northern Kenya.” ILRI Research Brief No. 60. pdf
  • Wandera, Brenda (2015). “Gamification and mLearning in the Index-Based Livestock Insurance project.” ILRI Capacity Development Brief 4. pdf
  • Dror, Iddo (2015). “Capacity development in the Index-Based Livestock Insurance project.” ILRI Capacity Development Brief 6. pdf
  • Wandera, Brenda, Kang’ethe, Edwin and Davies, Bryn (2015). “Mobile technology-driven capacity development: Lessons from the mNutrition and IBLI projects.” ILRI Capacity Development Brief 3. pdf
  • Jensen, Nathan, Barrett, Chris, Mude, A. (2015). “Index-based Insurance: Lottery ticket or insurance?” ILRI Research Brief No. 53. pdf
  • Jensen, N., Barrett, C. and Mude, A. (2015). “The favourable impacts of Index-Based Livestock Insurance: Evaluation results from Ethiopia and Kenya.” ILRI Research Brief No. 52. pdf
  • Chelang’a, P.K., Banerjee, R., Mude, A. (2015). “Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Lessons in Extension and Outreach: The Case of Wajir County.” ILRI Research Brief No. 39. pdf
  • Mude, Andrew (2014). “East African Herders Insure Against Drought: An Impact Narrative from Kenya and Ethiopia.” Brief No. 23. pdf
  • Dror, I., Maheshwari, S., Mude, A.G. (2014). “Using satellite data to insure camels, cows, sheep and goats: IBLI and the development of the world’s first insurance for African pastoralists.” pdf
  • Carter, M. and Jansen S. (2012). “Coping with Drought: Assessing the Impacts of Livestock Insurance in Kenya”. I4 Brief no. 2012 – 01, March. pdf
  • Carter, M., Long E., Mude A. (2011) “The IBLI Color Legend: Translating Index Based Mortality Predictions Into Meaningful Signals”. I4 Brief no. 2011- 02, July. pdf
  • Chantarat S, Barrett C.B and Mude A.G, (2010). “Developing Index Based Livestock Insurance for Managing Livestock Asset Risks in Northern Kenya.” Leap Focus 7, March. pdf
  • Mude, Andrew G., Christopher B. Barrett, Michael R. Carter, Sommarat Chantarat, Munenobu Ikegami and John G. McPeak, “Project Summary: Index Based Livestock Insurance For Northern Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands: The Marsabit Pilot,” January 2010. pdf
  • Carter, M. R. (2009). “Intelligent Design of Index Insurance for Smallholder Farmers and Pastoralists.” IFPRI Focus 17, Brief 6, December. pdf
  • Barrett, C. B., Carter M. R., Chantarat S., McPeak J.  and Mude A. G. (2008). “Altering Poverty Dynamics with Index Insurance: Northern Kenya’s HSNP.” pdf
  • Carter, M. R., Barrett C. B., Boucher C., Chantarat S., Galarza S., McPeak J., Mude A. G. and Trivelli C. (2008) “Insuring the Never Before Insured: Explaining Index Insurance Through Financial Education Games.” pdf

Dissertations, Theses

  • Mburu, S. (2016). “Incomes and Asset Poverty Dynamics and Child Health among Pastoralists in Northern Kenya” University of Hohenheim, pdf
  • Jensen, Nathaniel Duane (2014). “Basis Risk, Uptakes and Impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance in Northern Kenya” Cornell University, August. pdf
  • Bageant, Elizabeth R. (2014). “Gender Differences in Demand for Index-Based Livestock Insurance” Cornell University, August. pdf
  • Janzen, Sarah Ann (2013). “Insuring Against a Poverty Trap” University of California, Davis, link
  • Chantarat, Sommarat (2009). “Pro-Poor Risk Management: Essays on the Economics of Index Based Risk Transfer Products.” Cornell University, August. pdf

Conference Proceedings

  • Mude, A., Chantarat, S., Barrett, C., Carter, M., Ikegami, M. and McPeak, J. (2011) “Insuring Against Drought-Related Livestock Mortality: Piloting Index-Based Livestock Insurance in Northern Kenya” in Towards Priority Actions for Market Development for African Farmers: Proceedings of an International Conference. 13-15 May 2009, Nairobi, Kenya. AGRA and ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya: 175-188. pdf

Working Papers

  • Takahashi, K., C. B. Barrett, and M. Ikegami (2017) “Does Index Insurance Crowd In or Crowd Out Informal Risk Sharing? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia” pdf
  • Carter, M. R., C. B. Barrett, and S. Janzen (2016) “Poverty Traps and the Social Protection Paradox” link
  • Carter, Michael R., Sarah A. Janzen, and Quentin Stoeffler (2016) “Can Insurance Help Manage Climate Risk and Food Insecurity? Evidence from the Pastoral Regions of East Africa.” pdf
  • Cissé, Jennifer Denno and Christopher B. Barrett (2016) “Estimating Development Resilience: A Conditional Moments-Based Approach,” Working Paper Series No. 236. African Development Bank, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. pdf
  • Chantarat, Sommarat, Andrew G. Mude, Christopher B. Barrett and Calum G. Turvey, (2016) “Welfare Impacts of Index Insurance in the Presence of a Poverty Trap,” pdf
  • Jensen, Nathaniel, Christopher Barrett, and Andrew Mude (2015) “Index Insurance and Cash Transfers: A Comparative Analysis from Northern Kenya.” pdf
  • Janzen, S., M. R. Carter, M. Ikegami (2015). “Asset Insurance Markets and Chronic Poverty” presented at  NEUDC 2012, 2012 AAEA Annual Meeting, the Pacific Development Conference 2012, the 7th International Microinsurance Conference, and the I4 Technical Meeting 2011. pdf
  • Carter, M.R. and Sarah Janzen (2015). “Social Protection in the Face of Climate Change: Targeting Principles and Financing Mechanisms,” World Bank Policy Research Paper WPS7476. pdf
  • Mills, Christopher J., Nathaniel D. Jensen, Christopher B. Barrett, Andrew G. Mude (2015) “Characterization for Index Based Livestock Insurance” pdf
  • Hirfrfot, Kibrom, Christopher B. Barrett, Erin Lentz, and Birhanu Taddesse (2014). “The Subjective Well-being Effects of Imperfect Insurance that Doesn’t Payout.” pdf
  • Toth, Russell, Chris Barrett, Richard Bernstein, Patrick Clark, Carla Gomes, Shibia Mohamed, Andrew Mude, and Birhanu Taddesse. August 2014. “Environmental Spillovers of Index-Based Livestock Insurance.” pdf
  • Jensen, Nathaniel D., Christopher B. Barrett and Andrew G. Mude. “How Basis Risk and Spatiotemporal Adverse Selection Influence Demand for Index Insurance: Evidence from Northern Kenya.” pdf
  • Jensen, Nathaniel D., Megan Sheahan, Christopher B. Barrett, and Andrew G. Mude (2014). “Hunger Safety Net Program (HSNP) and Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Baseline Comparison.” pdf
  • Janzen, Sarah A. and Michael R. Carter (2013). “After the Drought: The Impact of Microinsurance on Consumption Smoothing and Asset Protection.” NBER Working Paper No. 19702. link
  • Ikegami, M., C. B. Barrett, and S. Chantarat (2012). ”Dynamic Effects of Index Based Livestock Insurance on Household Intertemporal Behavior and Welfare” working paper, presented at Africa Growth Forum “Enhancing Agricultural Productivity for Shared Growth in Africa” at Brookings Institute in 2011, at University of California-Davis in 2011, “Hakone Conference on Empirical Micro Development Economics” at GRIPS, Tokyo in 2011, and “Research Conference on Microinsurance” at University of Twente in 2012. pdf
  • Chantarat, Sommarat, Andrew G. Mude and Christopher B. Barrett, (2009) “Willingness to Pay for Index Based Livestock Insurance: Results From A Field Experiment In Northern Kenya,” September 2009. pdf


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