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Underwriting Cycles: A Synthesis and Further Directions


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  • Mary A. Weiss


Underwriting cycles are associated with a mystique that few topics in the area of risk and insurance share. Many explanations and theories have focused on underwriting cycles, but little research exists to discern the relative importance of these theories in explaining insurance pricing and profitability. This research provides an intuitive review of the existing literature on underwriting cycles in the context of a demand and supply model. Specific, unaddressed issues about underwriting cycles are raised in the literature reviewed.

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Article provided by Western Risk and Insurance Association in its journal Journal of Insurance Issues.

Volume (Year): 30 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 31-46

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Handle: RePEc:wri:journl:v:30:y:2007:i:1:p:31-46

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  1. Heni Boubaker & Nadia Sghaier, 2014. "How Do the Interest Rate and the Inflation Rate Affect the Non-Life Insurance Premiums ?," Working Papers 2014-282, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
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  3. Dorina Lazar & Michel Denuit, 2011. "New evidence for underwriting cycles in US property-liability insurance," Journal of Risk Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 13(1), pages 4-12, January.
  4. Lemoyne de Forges, Sabine & Bibas, Ruben & Hallegatte, Stephane, 2011. "A dynamic model of extreme risk coverage : resilience and efficiency in the global reinsurance market," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5807, The World Bank.
  5. Tarasov, Arthur, 2013. "Impact of interest rates on the decision to insure in agricultural production," Studies in Agricultural Economics, Research Institute for Agricultural Economics, vol. 115(1), February.


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