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Some new results about optimal insurance demand under uncertainty


  • Huang, Baoan
  • Miao, Jianjun
  • Zhang, Zongliang
  • Zhao, Dianbo


The aim of this paper is to investigate the optimal insurance demand of a risk-averse agent who is faced with background uncertainty. The preferences of the agent are represented by two-moment, mean-standard deviation utility functions. By the comparative statics, we find that under the assumption of decreasing absolute risk aversion (DARA), the changes of background uncertainty have effects on optimal insurance demand.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:17:y:2016:i:c:p:280-284
    DOI: 10.1016/

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    Background uncertainty; Decreasing absolute risk aversion; ; σ) preferences; Optimal insurance demand;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies


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