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Background Uuncertainty and the Demand for Insurance against Insurable Risks

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Theory suggests that people facing higher uninsurable background risk buy more insurance against other risks that are insurable. This proposition is supported by Italian cross-sectional data. It is shown that the probability of purchasing casualty insurance increases with earnings uncertainty. This finding is consistent with consumer preferences being characterised by decreasing absolute prudence

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 02.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 1998
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Publication status: Published in The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory, May 1998, vol. 23, pages 7-27
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:02

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