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Arrow’s theorem of the deductible and long-term care insurance

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  • Drèze, Jacques H.
  • Pestieau, Pierre
  • Schokkaert, Erik

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Long-term care (LTC) needs are expected to increase in the next decades. This calls for more involvement of the market that today covers less than 10% of these needs. We analyze which features an optimal LTC insurance policy should incorporate. Following Arrow (1963) we suggest that such policy should consist of complete insurance above a deductible amount.

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  • Drèze, Jacques H. & Pestieau, Pierre & Schokkaert, Erik, 2016. "Arrow’s theorem of the deductible and long-term care insurance," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 148(C), pages 103-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:148:y:2016:i:c:p:103-105
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.08.042
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    1. Justina Klimaviciute & Pierre Pestieau, 2018. "Long-term care social insurance: How to avoid big losses?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 25(1), pages 99-139, February.
    2. Justina Klimaviciute & Pierre Pestieau, 0. "Insurance with a deductible: a way out of the long term care insurance puzzle," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 0, pages 1-11.

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