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Experimental Markets for Insurance

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  • Camerer, Colin
  • Kunreuther, Howard
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    This article extends the large amount of research on double-oral auction markets to hazards that produce only losses. We report results from a series of experiments in which subjects endowed with low-probability losses can pay a premium for insurance protection. Insurers specify the price at which they are willing to assume the risk of a loss. Insurance prices approach expected value for a large range of probabilities and loss amounts. Subjects seem to realize losses are statistically independent. Prices are not affected by ambiguity about the probability of loss. Copyright 1989 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.

    Volume (Year): 2 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 265-99

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:2:y:1989:i:3:p:265-99

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