Perceptions of (Micro)Insurance in Southern Ghana : The Role of Information and Peer Effects

Giesbert, Lena ; Steiner, Susan

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URL http://edoc.vifapol.de/opus/volltexte/2012/3708/
Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Schriftenreihe: GIGA Working Papers
Bandnummer: 183
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2011
Publikationsdatum: 09.03.2012
Originalveröffentlichung: http://www.giga-hamburg.de/dl/download.php?d=/content/publikationen/pdf/wp183_giesbert-steiner.pdf (2011)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Ghana , Versicherung , Studie
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 83.70 (Banken, Versicherungen)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

This article investigates the understandings and perceptions of (micro)insurance among lowincome people in southern Ghana, using evidence from four focus group discussions. It analyzes how the focus group participants think about various types of insurance – among them a micro life insurance product – and how their negative and/or positive evaluations have come about. The evidence indicates that (micro)insurance is mostly positively perceived by the participants of the focus group discussions. However, it is also found that many people’s image of insurance is based on incomplete (and sometimes erroneous) information, or even on intuition. In addition, the experiences or opinions of peers turn out to be critical in shaping an individual’s perception of insurance. These two factors potentially have a contagious effect, which can lead to unreasonably positive or overly negative ideas about (micro )insurance.Such ideas, in turn, can become detrimental to the further distribution of microinsurance.


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