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Risk Sharing — an arrangement in which individuals with a common interest collectively assume responsibility for the losses incurred by anyone in the group.

This is a fundamental form of handling risk, observed in cultures around the world.

Examples of risk sharing include:

  • Neighbors helping neighbors;
  • Faith-based medical cost sharing plans; and
  • Reciprocal exchanges.

Risk sharing is similar to insurance, but it is not insurance. Risk sharing is the foundation of a more large-scale, structured system for handling risk called risk transfer, which is buying insurance.