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Risk-Based Premiums for Insurance Guaranty Funds

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  • Cummins, J David

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Insurance guaranty funds have been adopted in all states to compensate policyholders for losses resulting from insurance company insolvencies. The guaranty funds charge flat premium rates, usually a percentage of premiums. Flat premiums can induce insurers to adopt h igh-risk strategies, a problem that could be avoided through the use of risk-based premiums. This article develops risk-based premium form ulae for three cases: (1) an ongoing insurer with stochastic assets a nd liabilities; (2) an ongoing insurer also subject to jumps in liabi lities (catastrophes); and (3) a policy cohort, where claims eventual ly run off to zero. Premium estimates are provided and compared with actual guaranty fund assessment rates. Copyright 1988 by American Finance Association.

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  • Cummins, J David, 1988. " Risk-Based Premiums for Insurance Guaranty Funds," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 43(4), pages 823-839, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:43:y:1988:i:4:p:823-39
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