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Repeated Insurance Relationships in a Costly State Verification Model: With an Application to Deposit Insurance

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  • Smith, Bruce D.
  • Wang, Cheng

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We consider the problem of an insurer who enters into a repeated relationship with a set of risk averse agents in the presence of ex post verification costs. The insurer wishes to minimize the expected cost of providing these agents a certain expected utility level. We characterize the optimal contract between the insurer and the insured agents. We then apply the analysis to the provision of deposit insurance. Our results suggest - in a deposit insurance context - that it may be optimal to utilize the discount window early on, and to make deposit insurance payments only later, or not at all.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 5194.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Monetary Economics 1998, vol. 42, pp. 207-240
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5194

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  2. Monnet, Cyril & Quintin, Erwan, 2002. "Optimal contracts in a dynamic costly state verification model," Working Paper Series 0126, European Central Bank.
  3. Espinosa-Vega, Marco A. & Smith, Bruce D. & Yip, Chong K., 2002. "Monetary Policy and Government Credit Programs," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 232-268, July.
  4. Edward Simpson Prescott, 2004. "Auditing And Bank Capital Regulation," Working Papers, CEMFI wp2004_0412, CEMFI.
  5. Kocherlakota Narayana R, 2001. "Risky Collateral and Deposit Insurance," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-20, February.
  6. Boyd, John H. & Smith, Bruce D., 1999. "The Use of Debt and Equity in Optimal Financial Contracts," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 8(4), pages 270-316, October.

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