Genetic testing and repulsion from chance
AbstractA central theme in the international debate on genetic testing concerns the extent to which insurance companies should be allowed to use genetic information in their design of insurance contracts. We analyze this issue within a model with the following important feature: A person’s well-being depends on the perceived probability of becoming ill in the future in a way that varies among individuals. We show that both tested high-risks and untested individuals are equally well off whether or not test results can be used by insurers. Individuals who test for being low-risks, on the other hand, are made worse off by not being able to verify this to insurers. This implies that verifiability dominates nonverifiability in an ex-ante sense.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 20/2003.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jun 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Health Economics, 2006, pages 847-860.
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Genetic testing; asymmetric information; insurance;
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- Michael Hoel & Tor Iversen & Tore Nilssen & Jon Vislie, 2004. "Genetic Testing and Repulsion from Chance," CESifo Working Paper Series 1181, CESifo Group Munich.
- Hoel, Michael & Nilssen, Tore & Vislie, Jon & Iversen, Tor, 2009. "Genetic testing and repulsion from chance," HERO On line Working Paper Series 2002:10, Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme.
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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