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Corporate Demand for Insurance: An Empirical Analysis of the U.S. Market for Catastrophe and Non-Catastrophe Risks

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  • Erwann Michel-Kerjan

    (The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania, Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique - CNRS : UMR7176 - Polytechnique - X)

  • Paul A. Raschky

    (University of Innsbruck - (-))

  • Howard C. Kunreuther

    (The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract

This paper tests some existing theories developed over the past 25 years on corporate demand for insurance. Using a unique dataset of 1,809 large U.S. corporations it provides the first empirical analysis that compares corporate demand for standard property insurance and for catastrophe coverage (here, terrorism). We find that larger companies are more likely to have some catastrophe coverage. Corporate demand for catastrophe insurance is found to be more price inelastic than insurance for non-catastrophe risks. This result differs from the findings on individual demand for insurance. The terrorism insurance premium per dollar of coverage is twice as high in the New York Metropolitan area than in the rest of the U.S. Yet the price elasticity of the demand for terrorism insurance is half in this area relative to the rest of the country.

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Keywords: Terrorism - Corporate demand for insurance - Catastrophe financing - Empirical analysis;

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  1. J. François Outreville, 2011. "The relationship between insurance growth and economic development - 80 empirical papers for a review of the literature," ICER Working Papers, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research 12-2011, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.

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