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  • Villeneuve, Bertrand

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This survey reviews the micro-economic foundations of the analysis of life insurance markets. The first part outlines a simple theory of insurance needs based on the life-cycle hypothesis. The second part builds on contract theory to expose the main issues in life insurance design within a unified framework. We investigate how much flexibility is desirable. Flexibility is needed to accommodate changing tastes and objectives, but it also gives way to opportunistic behaviors from the part of the insurers and the insured. Many typical features of actual life insurance contracts can be considered the equilibrium outcome of this trade-off.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/5369.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Publication status: Published in Handbook of Insurance, . pp. 901-932.Length: 31 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/5369

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Keywords: life insurance; life cycle; flexibility; insurance contracts;

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