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  • Flåm, Sjur Didrik
  • Wolfstetter, Elmar G.

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Car owners are liable for property damage inflicted on other motorists. In most countries such liability must be insured by law. That law may favor expensive or heavy vehicles, prone to suffer or inflict large losses. This paper explores links between liability rules and vehicle choice. It presumes cooperative insurance, but non-cooperative acquisition of vehicles. Thus, the Nash equilibrium and its degree of efficiency depend on the liability regime.

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Paper provided by Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich in its series Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems with number 321.

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Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:trf:wpaper:321

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Keywords: liability; mutual insurance; core; pure Nash equilibrium; anonymous games; non-atomic measure;

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