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The Effects of Regulated Premium Subsidies on Insurance Costs: An Empirical Analysis of Automobile Insurance

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  • Mary A. Weiss
  • Sharon Tennyson
  • Laureen Regan

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State regulation of rates is sometimes used as a means to make automobile insurance more affordable to consumers by restricting insurer profits and pricing practices. Incentive distortions arising from this type of rate regulation might lead to higher accident rates and higher insurance loss costs. Annual state-level panel data for the time period 1980-1998 are used to investigate these effects, using empirical methods that recognize the endogenous determination of states' regulatory choices. Results suggest that rate regulation that systematically suppresses (some or all) drivers' insurance premiums is associated with significantly higher average loss costs and higher insurance claim frequency. Copyright (c) The Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2010.

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Article provided by The American Risk and Insurance Association in its journal Journal of Risk and Insurance.

Volume (Year): 77 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 597-624

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jrinsu:v:77:y:2010:i:3:p:597-624

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  1. Dionne, Georges & Michaud, Pierre-Carl & Pinquet, Jean, 2013. "A review of recent theoretical and empirical analyses of asymmetric information in road safety and automobile insurance," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(1), pages 85-97.
  2. Georges Dionne & Kili C. Wang, 2011. "Does Opportunistic Fraud in Automobile theft Insurance Fluctuate with the Business Cycle ?," Cahiers de recherche 1121, CIRPEE.
  3. Biener, Christian & Eling, Martin & Schmit, Joan T., 2014. "Regulation in Microinsurance Markets: Principles, Practice, and Directions for Future Development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 21-40.

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