Dynamic Inefficiencies in Insurance Markets: Evidence from long-term care insurance
AbstractWe examine whether unregulated, private insurance markets efficiently provide insurance against reclassification risk (the risk of becoming a bad risk and facing higher premiums). To do so, we examine the ex-post risk type of individuals who drop their long-term care insurance contracts relative to those who are continually insured. Consistent with dynamic inefficiencies, we find that individuals who drop coverage are of lower risk ex-post than individuals who were otherwise-equivalent at the time of purchase but who do not drop out of their contracts. These findings suggest that dynamic market failures in private insurance markets can preclude the efficient provision of insurance against reclassification risk.
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Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Publication status: published as Finkelstein, Amy, Kathleen McGarry and Amir Sufi. "Dynamic Inefficiencies In Insurance Markets: Evidence From Long-Term Care Insurance," American Economic Review, 2005, v95(2,May), 224-228.
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- Amy Finkelstein & Kathleen McGarry & Amir Sufi, 2005. "Dynamic Inefficiencies in Insurance Markets: Evidence from Long-Term Care Insurance," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 95(2), pages 224-228, May.
- D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing
- D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
- G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
- J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
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- NEP-ALL-2005-01-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-FIN-2005-01-23 (Finance)
- NEP-HEA-2005-01-23 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2005-01-23 (Insurance Economics)
- NEP-MIC-2005-01-23 (Microeconomics)
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