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Financing and the Demand for Corporate Insurance

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  • Martin F. Grace

    (College of Business Administration, Georgia State University, GA 30303, Atlanta)

  • Michael J. Rebello

    (College of Business Administration, Georgia State University, GA 30303, Atlanta)

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In this paper we examine the insurance decision of a firm with private information regarding its cash flows and insurable losses. We show that, even in the absence of bankruptcy costs and information production by insurers, the firm's attempts to hedge its information risk can induce it to demand insurance. If higher operating revenues are accompanied by a lower insurance risk, the firm will choose to self-insure. In contrast, if higher operating revenues are accompanied by a higher insurance risk, the firm will demand insurance. In fact, if its insurable losses are relatively small, the firm will fully insure its losses. Further, if there exists considerable uncertainty regarding the firm's insurance risk, the level of coverage demanded by the firm is dependent on its private information, with higher levels of coverage signaling favorable information regarding the firm's future operations. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory (1993) 18, 147–171. doi:10.1007/BF01111467

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Volume (Year): 18 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 147-171

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  3. Philip Chimobi Omoke, 2011. "Insurance Market Activity and Economic Growth: Evidence from Nigeria," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 1(4), pages 245-253, December.
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  5. Nell, Martin & Richter, Andreas, 2001. "The design of liability rules for highly risky activities: Is strict liability the better solution?," Working Papers on Risk and Insurance 1, University of Hamburg, Institute for Risk and Insurance.
  6. Loss, Frédéric, 2012. "Optimal Hedging Strategies and Interactions between Firms," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/12110, Paris Dauphine University.
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