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Insurance demand and first order risk increases under (μ,σ)-preferences

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  • Bonilla, Claudio A.
  • Ruiz, Jose L.

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We study the optimal insurance demand in the μ,σ space when the decision-maker faces a first-order risk increase. In particular, we investigate the effect of an increase in the expected damage when the variance is held constant. An unambiguous result is derived on insurance demand that differs from previous results in the literature in that it does not depend on additional assumption such as DARA utility functions or the level of risk aversion elasticity.

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  • Bonilla, Claudio A. & Ruiz, Jose L., 2014. "Insurance demand and first order risk increases under (μ,σ)-preferences," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 219-223.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:11:y:2014:i:3:p:219-223
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2014.04.002
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    1. Huang, Baoan & Miao, Jianjun & Zhang, Zongliang & Zhao, Dianbo, 2016. "Some new results about optimal insurance demand under uncertainty," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 280-284.
    2. Eichner, Thomas & Wagener, Andreas, 2014. "Insurance demand and first-order risk increases under (μ,σ)-preferences revisited," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 326-331.

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    Keywords

    Insurance demand; Risk increase; Risk aversion; DARA preferences;

    JEL classification:

    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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