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Risk Selection in Natural-Disaster Insurance

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  • Mario Jametti
  • Thomas von Ungern-Sternberg

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It is widely recognized that market failure prevents efficient risk sharing in natural-disaster insurance, leading to several public-private partnership arrangements across the globe. We argue that risk selection by the private partner is potentially an important issue. We illustrate our concerns with a simple model of reinsurance in a natural-disaster insurance market, based on the French system. Risk selection is a likely equilibrium outcome. Notably, the policies implemented by the French government correspond to the ones we identify to alleviate risk selection. Next, we discuss two public-private partnership settings that deal effectively with risk selection: Florida and Spain.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 166 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 344-364

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