How Does Life Settlement Affect the Primary Life Insurance Market?
AbstractWe study the effect of the life settlement market on the structure of long term contracts offered by the primary market for life insurance, as well as the effect on consumer welfare, using a dynamic model of life insurance with one sided commitment and bequest-driven lapsation. We show that the presence of life settlement affects the extent as well as the form of dynamic reclassification risk insurance in the equilibrium of the primary insurance market, and that the settlement market generally leads to lower consumer welfare. We also examine the primary insurers’ response to the settlement market when they can offer enriched contracts by specifying optimally chosen cash surrender values (CSVs).
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 10-006.
Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 09 Feb 2010
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Life insurance; dynamic insurance; secondary market;
Other versions of this item:
- Hanming Fang & Edward Kung, 2010. "How Does Life Settlement Affect the Primary Life Insurance Market?," NBER Working Papers 15761, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies
- L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
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- NEP-ALL-2010-02-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-IAS-2010-02-27 (Insurance Economics)
- NEP-RMG-2010-02-27 (Risk Management)
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